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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 161

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Kingsford) (Smith) -Mr Deputy Speaker,I will be brief. I apologise to my colleagues but earlier today remembrance was expressed in this House concerning my predecessor in the seat of KingsfordSmith, the late Mr Dan Curtin. Unfortunately, because of new procedures it appears that the only time when one can make a personal expression in these matters is in the adjournment debate. Earlier today honourable members stood in their places as a mark of respect to my late colleague. On a personal note, it is important to place on record the work that he did. The Minister for Defence (Mr Killen) was gracious enough this evening to mention, by our leave, his own admiration of him. I would like to add that Dan Curtin was a very loyal and respected member of the Australian Labor Party who did outstanding work for his constituency and could be described as one of the most memorable characters to have entered the national Parliament. He never suffered from a depressive psychosis; he was always of a boisterous and outgoing nature.

Knowing that these proceedings are broadcast, in his maiden speech he made a call to his mother- an action that I think was tremendous -to mention how well he was doing and how well he hoped she was doing too. On another occasion he mentioned that he could not keep an appointment with his dentist and accordingly give him a call to that effect. Although one might say that that was a departure from the Standing Orders it revealed the humanity of one who was a great Australian and played his role in this Parliament for some 20 years. The electors of Kingsford-Smith supported him through thick and thin during those troublesome times. On behalf of my family I would like to express our condolences to his widow and family.

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