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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 5

Mr UREN (Reid) - I join other members in speaking to the motion of condolence on the deaths of members of my party. I had a soft spot for all of them, but I want to say a few words about Bill Morrow. He lived a long life. He was nearly 90 years of age when he died and was very active up to a year or two before his death. He served in this Parliament for only six years- from 1947 to 1953. He was a controversial character. In the early 1950s he felt the strength of conservatism not only within government ranks but also within the ranks of his party. Bill Morrow was too advanced in his thinking for those days and suffered a great deal for the views he expressed. He was one who really thought that it was in the interests of the Australian people to build friendship with the people and Government of the People's Republic of China. He was one of their early friends and he made lifelong friendships there. I have no doubt that the present people and Government of China know a lot more about Bill Morrow than the people of Australia.

He was one of the people who involved themselves in the peace movement and, of course, incurred the odium of the establishment of the day for that. As I said earlier, Bill Morrow was a controversial person but he was a good Australian. I knew him well for over a quarter of a century and I respected him greatly. I know that the years he spent in the Australian Parliament were in Australia's interest. He continued to serve this country even after he was defeated as a senator.

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