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Wednesday, 26 November 1980
Page: 94

Senator KNIGHT (Australian Capital Territory) - I think all honourable senators will want the Senate to note and express condolences at the recent death of Wally Lee who had given long and dedicated service to Australia, particularly through his long period of service to the Parliament, with the support of his wife and family to whom, of course, we express our very deep sympathy. Wallace Sydney Lee was born locally in Queanbeyan in February 1917. He was employed when he was 17 years old in the Public Service with the then Department of the Interior. He began his service with the Parliament in 1950 in the Joint House Department and then served with the Department of the Senate from 1955 to 1977. In all he spent some 43 years in the Public Service and in service to the people of Australia. As I have noted, his period of service with the Parliament began in 1950 with the Joint House Department. In 1955 he joined the staff of the Department of the Senate as an attendant. He was appointed transport attendant in 1960 and was promoted to transport officer attendant in 1964 and transport officer, grade 6, in 1969. He retired from the Senate service in 1 977.

I think that Wally Lee gained the respect and affection of senators throughout his period of service. He certainly gained my respect and affection during the time I knew him. After his retirement he and his wife went to live at Narooma on the South Coast but, unfortunately, that retirement was curtailed by his untimely death. I believe, as I said at the outset, that all honourable senators would want to put on record an expression of our sympathy and our condolence to Eileen Maud Lee, his widow, and his family. His death a loss to them and to all of us. We very much appreciate the service that he gave to us and to Australia through his work in the Parliament and with the Department of the Senate.

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