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Tuesday, 16 February 1971

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I align myself with other speakers in paying tribute to the late Senator Ormonde. Like Senator McClelland, the late Senator Ormonde and I had links, as fellow Labor Party officers, on the New South Wales Executive. Senator Willesee, in his opening remarks, said that Senator Ormonde s period in the Senate was for him a lot less turbulent than his early days. I know that in the 1950s, in his Party work, he went through a somewhat turbulent period, but Jim Ormonde always had the ready quip to ease tense situations. I can recall attending a meeting of the New South Wales Executive in the early 50s when I wished to make out a case. When I entered the room I was greeted with a cheery remark from Jim Ormonde which put me at ease. In 1964 he and I were part of a New South Wales Senate team. Recently I visited some of the areas that he traversed then, lt was remarkable to discover the little things that he was always available to do for small hamlets in those areas, lt certainly could be said that Jim Ormonde left the world in a much better state than that in which he found it. He was always accessible. He had a cheery disposition. He had no rancour in his make-up.

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