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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1459

Senator KEEFFE ( Queensland ) -I also join in expressing sympathy to the family of the late Senator Benn. I suppose I am one of those around the place who knew him longer than a lot of other people before he went into the Senate and during the period that he served in this chamber. Before nominating for the Senate the late Senator Benn was a senior officer at the State level in Queensland. In those years he made a great contribution to the affairs of the Australian Labor Party and to the community generally. He was a member of the Senate when I arrived here in 1965 and, as Senator Georges said, he remained here until he retired and Senator Georges filled the vacancy.

Archie Benn had a wide knowledge of economics. I think that was the area in which he made most of his contributions in this chamber. Of course there are some who would say that perhaps he had more of a yen for Queensland, because Queensland was another of his pet subjects. I suppose we all develop hobby-horses in this place and want to push one particular line of action. But Archie, in whatever he did, was tremendously thorough in his desire to research a matter properly and that was the way he presented it.

Hisfamily also has been involved with the Labor Party. I was quite surprised a few weeks ago to receive a note from his daughter Jocelyn saying that he had not been well. He lived to a grand age. I had the privilege of having periodic contact with him after he left the Senate. I join with my colleague Senator Georges and the Leader of the Government in the Senate in extending to his family our very deep and heartfelt sympathy.

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