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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I move:

That the House do now adjourn.

It is not the practice of the House to carry condolence motions in respect of all former members of the House, but on behalf of the Australian Country Party 1 would like to place on record the service to the Parliament and to the people of Australia of the Honourable Victor Charles Thompson, who died in Sydney last Saturday. In 1922 Victor Charles Thompson was elected to the House of Representatives as Country Party member for the electorate of New England and he was a member for 1 8 years. From 1926 to 1927 he was a member of the Joint Select Committee on Commonwealth Electoral Law and Procedure. From 1929 to 1930 he was Chairman of the Select Committee on the Tobacco Industry. From March 1932 to August 1934 he was a temporary chairman of committees. From

November 1934 to November 1937 he was Country Party Whip. From 1937 to 1938 he was Minister without portfolio assisting the Treasurer and Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation in this House. Subsequently he was Assistant Minister for the Interior and Assistant Minister for Commerce. Throughout his life the Honourable Victor Thompson served the people of Australia, and the people of rural Australia in particular, to the full extent of his capabilities. He was a founder of the Northern New State Movement and one of its principal driving forces even into the last few years of his life. He had a lifelong interest in journalism, having been actively associated with country newspapers in north western New South Wales for over 50 years. He joined the 'Northern Daily Leader' in January 1911, after having been a reporter at Narrabri, on the 'Tweed Daily', and on the 'Albury Daily'. After a few months as senior reporter on the 'Northern Daily Leader' he was appointed editor, a position he held until the early 1950s. At the time of his death, Mr Thompson was still a director of the 'Northern Daily Leader' and was also the editorial writer for that paper. I am told that as an editorial writer he was regarded as having few equals in Australian journalism. Many journalists who trained under him have achieved top status. Throughout my part of New South Wales he was held in particularly high regard, and his journalistic work, I understand, was held in equally high regard by all those people with whom he came into contact. He is survived by one daughter, and to his family and to all of his friends and associates throughout the New England district his death will be a tragic loss.

I should like to place on the record of this House my own personal regard and respect for this pioneer of the Australian Country Party who served Australia so well and ably during his term of office here.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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