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Wednesday, 13 August 1913

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister of Defence) . - By leave, I beg to move -

That the Senate records its sense of the loss the Commonwealth has suffered in the death of ex-Senator Vardon, and expresses condolence with his family in their bereavement.

In submitting the motion I feel that very few words on my part are necessary. Ex-Senator Vardon came to the Senate six years ago, bringing with him the reputation of a citizen, who, whatever political differences might have parted him from a section of those amongst whom he lived, at least carried with him their hearty good-will and support. His services in this Chamber enhanced the reputation which he brought with him, and I venture to say that we on many occasions were strengthened in our deliberations by the sound and matured advice which he tendered. Personally, I felt that in ex-Senator Vardon, on whichever side of the chamber he might be seated, we had one whom we could not only respect, but admire, and, indeed, love. I am certain that the Senate will accept the motion in the spirit in which it is submitted.

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