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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1807

Mr RUDDOCK —Mr Speaker, thank you very much for the opportunity to support this condolence motion. As honourable members would be aware, I previously served in the Parliament as the member for Parramatta. I had the opportunity of knowing Sir Howard Beale as a very distinguished Australian and a very distinguished representative of the area I represent in the Parliament. The seat of Parramatta was very much larger than it is now and covered a great deal of what is now the seat of Dundas.

I can well recall in the early 1950s my first meeting with him at a function in his electorate. It is probably the first recollection I have of a parliamentarian. I met Sir Howard Beale when I was about six or seven at a fete at the Pennant Hills children's centre which I attended with my parents. He was visiting as a member of the Parliament, carrying out his official duties. Of course, it was an impression which remained with me for some time. Sir Howard served in this Parliament until 1958, representing Parramatta and representing the area in which I lived. He was greatly admired by many of the people with whom I still associate in the Liberal Party and within the electorates of Dundas and Parramatta, who recall well his contribution as their representative in the Parliament. They mourn, with all of us, his passing.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable members standing in their places.