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Thursday, 11 September 1958


Mr TURNBULL (Mallee) . - If the question, " What is life's greatest gift? " were asked in this House, we would get various answers, but undoubtedly the correct answer to that question is " The will to serve ". The right honorable member for McPherson (Sir Arthur Fadden) is richly endowed with this quality, and he has given of his talents unsparingly in the service of this great nation. I believe that the whole structure of civilization is based upon the confidence that men have in each other - in their integrity, in their honesty, and in their ability.

We thank Sir Arthur Fadden for the confidence he has engendered in the Australian Country party, in the members of this Parliament, and in the citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia, and we recall with pride that during Australia's darkest hours he never doubted that right would triumph.

I am reminded of a question that was once asked of three men who were doing a certain job: " What are you doing? " One of them said. " I am working for £3 a day ". The second said, " I am chiseling granite ". The third man replied, " I am helping to build a cathedral ". Sir Arthur Fadden was not working for so much a year and he was not just playing politics; he was helping - and helping considerably - during his term of office to build this nation. To-night, we thank him for his great work.

Sir ArthurFadden goes from this House and from Canberra heavily freighted with the goodwill and best wishes of us all and. may I say, with the love and affection of those with whom he was most closely associated - the members of the Australian Parliamentary Country party. The Liberal party is a large party, respected by the people who support it; the Labour party is a large party, respected by the people who support it. The Australian Country party is a little party, but Sir Arthur Fadden found that there is this advantage in a little party, that you can carry it more easily in your heart.

Finally, I should like to pay a tribute to Lady Fadden, from whom came all of the hope, al! the love, and much of the power and the courage that has fortified Sir Arthur in his great service to Australia.







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