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Thursday, 30 October 1930

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon W Kingsmill (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Before putting the question, I desire, as President of the Senate, to add a few words to what has already been so eloquently said on this subject. The distinguished and gallant gentleman who has passed from among us had a very full life. In his earlier years, when the blood of youth was running hot through his veins, he servedin the Boer War, where he won the most coveted of all military decorations. In the list of the orders and decorations which he so worthily and honorably won, the Victoria Cross - the Mecca of all soldiers, the highest military decoration a British soldier can win - comes first. Later in his life he took an active part in municipal affairs, and afterwards became a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, where he showed that, in addition to physical courage, to which the cherished little bronze cross that he wore bore testimony, he possessed great moral courage, which enabled him, throughout his political career, to stand to his convictions with firmness and tenacity. In the sphere of medicine and surgery in which he practised, he was also very highly esteemed. I think, therefore, that whether we regard his career from a private, political or military point of view, we must be driven to the conclusion that, by his death, Australia has lost a citizen whom she could ill-afford to spare, and whom she will find it hard to replace.

I join with honorable senators in the sentiments to which they have given utterance and assure them that this motion of condolence will be forwarded tothe widow and family of the late honorable gentleman as a message of heartfelt sympathy from the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable senators standing in their places.

DEATH OF sir james McCAY.

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