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Wednesday, 29 August 1928

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) 1 3.3]. - (By leave.) - My first duty upon the resumption of the sittings of this Parliament is indeed a painful one, because since the adjournment of the House in June last the death has occurred of the honorable member for Wide Bay, Mr. E. B. C. Corser.

The late Mr. Corser was elected to the Commonwealth Parliament in the year 1915, and represented the electoral division of Wide Bay continuously in this House from that time until his death. Before entering the Commonwealth Parliament ho was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, and served in that Parliament for a number of years. Although' he was no longer a young man, the announcement of his death, I feel sure, caused a shock to every member of this House, and his passing has made a gap in our ranks flint it will be difficult to fill. The deceased gentleman, during the time that lie occupied a seat in this Parliament, endeared himself to every member of it. His was a charming personality, and his kindliness of manner was shown to every member, irrespective of party. Latterly, because of his advanced age, Mr. Corser had not the strength necessary to take a very active part in the debates of this House; but he was always conscientious and capable in the discharge of his parliamentary duties, and he devoted himself unreservedly to the interests of those whom he was elected to serve.

Death has taken a heavy toll of the members of this Parliament; the frequency of his visits is evidence of the fact that those who are elected to represent the people of this country in the National Parliament have imposed upon them an exceedingly heavy strain.

We desire to express to Mr. Corser's children our deep sympathy with them in the loss of their father, and we hope that the sorrow which they are suffering may be in some measure alleviated by the knowledge that he was held in the greatest esteem and respect by all who were brought into contact with him. I therefore move -

That this House places on record its deep regret in the death of Mr. Edward Bernard Cresset Corser, member of the House of Representatives for the division of Wide Bay, and expresses its appreciation of the loyalty and ability with which lie devoted himself to his public duties, and tenders its deepest sympathy to his family in their great loss.

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