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Tuesday, 8 March 1966

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) .- Senator Sir ShanePaltridge certainly did serve his country well in war and peace. He died too young. He lived in an important period in Australian history. He was privileged to hold ministerial rank in that period. He was a kindly, affable and friendly man who usually wore a smile and seldom wore a scowl. He sought to ingratiate himself with all whom he met and all whom he knew. His political beliefs were definite, but he was not so positive a party man that he would refuse to consider other points of view. I believe that therein lay some of the reason for the success that he achieved during his administration of several important portfolios. I was shocked when I learned that he was so near death, because I had seen him in Canberra only a few months earlier and there seemed to be no evidence then that his end was so near.

The Opposition joins with the Government in tendering sympathy to Lady Molly Paltridge and her two daughters, who in the midst of their travail exhibited great fortitude and courage. We hope that the sympathy of all of their friends will help them to bear the grief that they so naturally feel. We hope that time will help to assuage that grief and to reconcile them to their irreparable loss.

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