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Wednesday, 29 August 1928

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- I I join with the Prime Minister in expressing regret at the sudden death of the late Mr. Corser, and endorse what the right honorable gentleman has said in regard to the deceased gentleman's personality. Whatever our differences of opinion politically, no honorable member will disagree with the statement that as a man Mr. Corser endeared himself to every one of us. He possessed a kindly, genial disposition, and displayed the most friendly feelings towards his fellow members. I say with absolute sincerity that we who sit on your left, Mr. Speaker, shall miss him from the benches opposite. Mr. Corser discharged his duties with characteristic earnestness. Although of late he was less active than in the earlier days of his political career, he never failed to bestow the greatest care and attention upon everything that he undertook, sparing neither his energy nor his health. His death is a memento that for each of us there must be an end to our activities, an end that has come to many honorable members in recent years.

I join with the Prime Minister in offering to the family of the late Mr. Corser the deep sympathy of honorable members of this Parliament in the loss which they have sustained. I trust that it may be of some consolation to them to know that their father had earned the esteem and respect of every member with whom he came into contact in this Parliament.

Mr SPEAKER - With the indulgence of honorable members, I should like to express my deep regret at the passing of the late Mr. E. B. C. Corser, with whom I have been very closely associated since his election to this honorable House on the 1.1th December, 1915.

Mr. Corserwas one of the pioneers of Queensland. When he arrived at Maryborough at the age of fifteen there were

Only some 600 persons in the town, and not more than 8,000 people in the "whole district. He identified himself at once with the interests of this new land, and from that time to the hour of his death was intimately associated with every movement having for its object the progress of the district and the development of its great resources. He possessed grit, determination and perseverance, and was a man of ceaseless industry. With unbounded confidence in his country, he bent all his energies towards practical measures for its development, and he leaves behind him a fine record of useful service. In the course of his long career, by his kindly deeds, he won the affection and esteem of a large number of people, who to-day feel a very sincere sympathy with his family. May this expression of condolence on the part of honorable members be a source of consolation to his relatives in the hour of their great grief.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable members standing in their places.

Motion (by Mr. Bruce) agreed to - That Mr. Speaker bc requested to transmit to the family of the late Mr. Corser the foregoing resolution, and a copy of the speeches delivered thereon.

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