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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1459

Senator GEORGES (Queensland) -I express sympathy to the family of the late Senator Archie Benn. I took Archie Benn's place in the Senate. Some would question whether that was a gain. But it was certainly a loss to the Senate when, after such a long career, Senator Benn reached retirement. We must give recognition to his work in the Senate and in the various committees on which he served. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party for many years. His record is contained in the various journals of the Senate and it is not necessary for me to recount that record. I express my sympathy to the family of the late Senator Benn. In fact, I came to know his family, in particular his son, Frank Benn, better than I knew Senator Benn himself. On my own behalf and on behalf of the many friends that Senator Benn had, I extend my fullest sympathy.

Senator CARRICK(New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate)Whilst I did not know Senator Benn personally, Government senators join with the Australian Labor Party in expressing sympathy to Senator Benn's family. Senator Benn was in the Senate for some 1 8 years, and his record shows that he was active in the whole area. Government senators regret that members of the Australian Labor Party have lost a colleague. We acknowledge his service to the Labor Party and to the Senate, and we express our deep regrets to his relatives.

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