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Tuesday, 27 February 1973
Page: 22

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) - I also would like to make a small contribution to the remarks that have been passed about Bill Riordan. He was a lifelong friend of my family and I just cannot remember when I did not know him. He certainly gave years of splendid service to the electorate of Kennedy; in fact the Riordan family became a tradition which commanded a great deal of honour and respect in Queensland. Bill never got things the easy way. He became a barrister because he was determined to be one. He came up the hard way. He then had 30 years as the representative of the electorate of Kennedy and did his duty in such a way that I am yet to hear any member of any party question his dedication and sincerity. When Bill died and word got around the back country there was a great wave of sympathy in Queensland. His remaining relatives are his 2 sisters. J think Nancy is best known to us and I agree with the honourable member for Bowman (Mr Keogh) that Kath also was a splendid person.

Bill Riordan distinguished himself in many ways. He was Chairman of Committees in this Parliament for some years. He was admitted to the Bar by the Barristers' Board, having got there the hard way. He eventually became Minister for the Navy. At that time we shared the great pride that his family took in him and 1 endorse all that has been said about him. As the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) said, he was a big man, and he was. He was big "m every possible way. When a case was handed to Bill Riordan, and I put some before him, he just did not deal with it formally and send a reply in the ordinary way. He saw it through. He had a sincerity and dedication towards the people and causes in the area that made him a part of our history and a very proud part of it too. I am indeed honoured to follow in his footsteps.

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