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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
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Mr MALCOLM FRASER (Wannon) (Prime Minister) - It is with deep regret that I inform the House of the death on 13 July 1980 of the President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama. I move:

That this House records its sincere regret at the death of Sir Seretse Khama, President of Botswana, and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family and to the people of Botswana.

The House will wish to be advised formally that the Government extended its deep sympathy to the Government and people of Botswana and that the Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister (Mr MacKellar) represented Australia at Sir Seretse Khama's memorial service. Sir Seretse Khama was a great statesman. It is not often that the leader of a relatively small country has a large influence in the world. Sir Seretse did. He was very widely respected, initially for the way he led his country to independence in 1966, then for the way he guided his country with wisdom and judgment through many difficulties and not least for his actions and counsels over such large international matters as South Africa and Rhodesia. good humour. Honourable members will probably not be aware that during the latter years of his life he had a continuing struggle with ill health. Africa and Commonwealth councils, as well as his own country, were advantaged by his leadership. He was a fine man and a good man. He was a staunch friend. His death was a great loss not only to Botswana but also to Africa, the Commonwealth and, indeed, the international community. .

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