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Tuesday, 17 February 1959

Mr CHANEY (Perth) - As the member for Perth, I should like to be associated with this motion of condolence submitted by the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) and seconded by the Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt). As they pointed out, few honorable members of this House will remember Mr. Walter Nairn as a sitting member, and the number of those who do is decreasing as the years go by. Walter Nairn's activities in the sphere of federal politics are well known in his home State. He achieved what so few of us can hope to achieve - a life of effectiveness right up to the time of his death. I think that his term as Speaker covered the period when the first Curtin Ministry was in office. That was during the last war, and my memory of events of seventeen or eighteen years ago is growing rather dim. I know that his widow, son and daughter will accept with a great deal of appreciation this expression of sympathy from the House.

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

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