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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - i wish to pay my personal tribute to my good friend, great mate and colleague throughout the years, the late Senator Jim Ormonde. I first met Jim Ormonde in 1947 when I joined the Labor movement. He was then a member of the New South Wales Executive of the Australian Labor Party and I was there attending my first parly branch meeting. From then onwards we trod practically the same path for a great number of years. I had the honour of serving with him on the New South Wales Executive of the Australian Labor Party. I also had the honour of serving with him in this chamber; indeed, I can say that he was one of those who encouraged me in 1966 to seek my Party's endorsement as a Senate candidate-

He was a member of the Australian Journalists Association, as I am a member of the Australian Journalists Association. He was a member of the Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia, of which I am a member. He and I often went to the Sydney Cricket Ground together to watch a game of rugby league football, which sport we both loved. When the late Dr Evatt decided to step down from the Barton electorate to seek Labor endorsement for the seat of Hunter. Senator Ormonde and I, with others, accompanied the then Labor Leader to Newcastle.

As Senator Turnbull said, the late Jim Ormonde was a great lover of humanity. He was never vindictive. He was a tolerant and understanding man. He had a great love of children and he took a great interest in the affairs of the younger generation of Australians. He was a friend of my late father's and also a close personal friend of mine and of my family. He had a great love for his country. He had a wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed not only by his immediate relatives but also by the great Labor movement. Honourable senators may not know that within a couple of weeks of the death of Senator Ormonde one of his brothers, another eminent journalist, also passed away. I thank Jim Ormonde for his friendship and for his guidance to me." My sympathy and that of my family go to his widow, to his sons and to his daughters in their very great and overwhelming loss.

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