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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
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Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Leader of the Opposition) - It is a particularly sad day that sees us noting the passing of no fewer than five former members of this Parliament. It happens that all five were members of the Australian Labor Party, with service to the Parliament dating back to 1947. That was the year Bill Morrow took his seat as a senator for Tasmania, a seat he was to hold for nine years. Bill had been a railwayman, and for ten years was the State Secretary and industrial advocate of the Australian Railways Union in Tasmania. He was a staunch Labor man of the old school. Indeed, he was born nearly a decade before the turn of the century. As a unionist and as a parliamentarian, Bill was dedicated to the service of his fellow workers.

Ted Peters entered this House in 1949 - a year not otherwise auspicious for the Labor Party. He represented the Victorian electorate of Burke in three parliaments and then the electorate of Scullin in five more parliaments until his retirement in 1969. Ted had an unusual grounding in the ways of parliaments in that he served as Secretary to the Victorian Parliament's Works Committee for more than 10 years before his debut in this place. He gave sterling service to this Parliament and to the nation.

Arthur Greenup became a member of this House in 1953 at a by-election in the electorate of Dalley following the death of former Speaker Sol

Rosevear. Previously he had been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and had had a long record of service in local government. He was a tireless worker for the Labor cause and a member of the Party from the age of fourteen, when he began work.

Len Reynolds and Ron Davies both served more recently and will be remembered by many current members of this House. Both entered the Parliament in 1958 and both served until 1975 - in Len's case, with one break dictated by the electors of Barton. Len was a quiet but dedicated member of Parliament, and was well liked and respected on all sides. He took a special interest in education matters, reflecting his background as a lecturer in education at Sydney Teachers College. Len had a toughness that belied his gentle character. He was a diligent and effective parliamentarian. Ron Davies was also a teacher before he entered this Parliament, representing the Tasmanian electorate of Braddon. That electorate is one of enormous variety, as its present incumbent no doubt will attest. Ron Davies's success in seven general elections demonstrates how hard he worked on behalf of his constituents. He represented this Parliament overseas on many occasions and served it well. I knew both men well; they were good personal friends, as they were of many members on both sides of the Parliament. It was a moment of great sadness when I learned of their passing. I offer to the families of all five former members the deep sympathy of the Opposition, and of their former colleagues of the Labor Party and of the Parliament.

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