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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 1223

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Each of the deceased has made a significant contribution to parliamentary and public affairs. The late Ron Davies of course was very well known for his championing of the timber industry of Tasmania. The late Arthur Greenup was a colourful character and a cheerful man whom I last talked to at the June conference of the Australian Labor Party which was held in Sydney. One matter that distinguished Arthur Greenup was that he was redistributed out of a State seat and came to the Federal Parliament as the honourable member for Dalley, and he then suffered the same fate in that a redistribution eliminated his electorate. Then of course we recall very fondly Ted Peters who will be remembered as a pioneer of the widespread concern that is evident today about excessive overseas investment in Australia. He made many speeches about that very important matter. The late Senator Morrow was in the vanguard of many great freedom fighting efforts, especially in respect of banning atomic bombs. He was a leader of the peace movement and was always seen at the head of the procession in the homburg hat and striped suit which he wore in his days of great fame as a distinguished senator of this country.

Len Reynolds is the man about whom I mainly rose to speak today. He represented a neighbouring electorate of mine. The electorate of Barton was well served by Len Reynolds for 14 years from 1958. He won six elections. I know that our departed friend and colleague, the late Leslie Haylen, affectionately referred to Len Reynolds as 'Lennie the bell ringer'. That was indicative of the fact that he was a great educationalist. He went to Sydney University and gained a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to work at the Sydney Teachers College as a lecturer. He came here and participated in the great education debates of the late 1950s and 1960s with Dr Evatt and Sir Robert Menzies. This was the time when education was being put on the Federal parliamentary map. It was the time when we moved that the Estimates be reduced by £. 1 because of the failure of the Government to do anything significant about education. Len Reynolds was the founder of the Parliamentary Labor Party's education committee. He distinguished himself in that respect.

I suppose, as the honourable member for Barton (Mr Bradfield) has mentioned today, the thing that was most outstanding about Len Reynolds was his humility. Great men have passed through the corridors of power here; but none has earned the warm respect, love and affection of the Parliament and constituents more than Len Reynolds, because he exhibited that quality in such an impressive and outstanding way. He was a very humble man. He devoted much of his effort to making speeches on behalf of and in respect of the welfare of ex-servicemen and pensioners. He actually stood out on the streets Saturday after Saturday with a white apron on, selling the lucky number tickets to raise money for the senior citizen centres in Barton. He did that as the Federal member for Barton. I think all honourable members will agree that that was indeed a very great demonstration in humility. I take this opportunity of saying that at the funeral in St Finbar's Church at San Souci an enormous crowd paid tribute to him. I believe that this must be of very great solace to his surviving sons, Gary, Brian and Neal, to whom we all convey our sympathy and condolences today.

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