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Tuesday, 12 March 1968

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Leader of the Opposition) - My Party welcomes the opportunity which the Prime Minister (Mr Gorton) has taken to express our condolences to the relatives of Senator Robertson, Mr Morgan and Mr Corser.

Senator Robertsonentered the Parliament as a successful candidate of the LiberalCountry League in Western Australia and later remained a member as a successful candidate of the Australian Country Party. I think I came to know the lady well enough to say that she appreciated the irony of the fact that her continued presence in the Parliament was due to having had the preferences of my Party on the second occasion. She had a very good sense of humour. She had been a very public spirited woman all her life. She communicated her good humour and her interest in public affairs to a very great number of members of both Houses.

I knew Mr Morgan better. He was fo 6 years the member for the neighbouring electorate to mine. He was a very successful and enterprising solicitor. He had had long associations with the Labor movement. His mother, who survives him - she is in her 90s - has been a member of the Labor Party since its foundation in the 1890s. She is the sister of a former member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. Mr Morgan's son was for one term a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Mr BernieCorser carried on his family tradition. It was quite futile for anybody to oppose a Corser, father or son, in the Wide Bay district for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland or the House of Representatives of this nation. Mr Bernie Corser succeeded his father in this House. He lived, I think, in Sydney and when I first became a member of Parliament I had to take the accommodation that was offering in the newspaper room of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices. I remained there until Mr Corser retired. I would see him quite often on the premises. He was most helpful to me in my work as a new member because he was very shrewd, very skilled and very humane in all the affairs that come to the notice of a member of Parliament.

We all mourn our three departed colleagues. Their relatives can remember with pride the contribution they made to this Parliament.

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