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Tuesday, 12 March 1968

Mr FOX (Henty) - I would like to be associated personally with this motion and with all that has been said by previous speakers. I would also like to offer my personal sympathy to Mrs Holt and members of her family. As a Victorian and as a parliamentary neighbour of Mr Holt, I saw a great deal of him during the time that I have been the member for Henty. The thing which I liked most about him was that he was always approachable, he was always friendly, he was never aloof or moody, and if he ever felt annoyed he always managed to conceal his feelings. I think that the image that he was able to convey of himself to the people of Australia through the medium of television was Harold Holt as he really was, or as 1 always found him.

He was always prepared to listen to a problem. He was kindly in his approach to it and he was sympathetic in his response. Apparently he was able to convey this impression to most of the people ne met, whether they were in Australia or overseas. I think this was evident from the very great tribute which was paid to him by the leaders of overseas governments at his memorial service in Melbourne. Although he was Prime Minister for less than 2 years, I believe that history will record that he was one of our great Prime Ministers. He was not only a great Prime Minister but a great man. As the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr McEwen) said, with his passing the people of Australia have lost a great leader and the members of this Parliament have lost a friend.

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

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