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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
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Mr WHAN (Eden) (Monaro) -I would like to couple my tribute to Dugald Munro with that of Allan Fraser, who is not, as the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) implied, dead. Allan Fraser held a great regard for Dugald Munro 's friendship and found that although he was his direct political protagonist in EdenMonaro his political fight with Dugald Munro could always be conducted on a proper personal basis, each paying due regard to the integrity of the other. Allan Fraser believed that only he, because of his previous experience- some 23 years experience in representing that electoratewho electorate- could possibly win EdenMonaro back from Dugald Munro, and it was for that reason that Allan Fraser ran again for the electorate in 1969.

Eden-Monaro is an electorate which is not particularly impressed with headlines in newspapers. There are over 50 population centres throughout the area. Unless one visits these centres and talks to the people in the individual areas one makes very little impression indeed. I think that one of the greatest tributes that can be paid to Dugald Munro is that the people in nearly every one of the population centres throughout that electorate remembered him before his death. They were able to make comments about Dugald Munro 's contribution to their community, which demonstrates beyond doubt not only that he played an active role in this place but also that he played an active role throughout the diverse electorate of EdenMonaro. He gave great attention to detail, and I think that in many respects when he left this House and became a student this attention was reflected in his interests in the university studies that he took up.

His loyalty to his own leaders was manifest in all sorts of ways. It came through in his defence in the electorate of the policy of the Government at the time he was a member and also in the way in which he championed many policies which in some regards were opposed to the interests of the people of his own electorate. In a sense this loyalty was one of the things he had to defend probably to the greatest extent throughout the electorate. He stood behind his leaders. The loyalty that led to this stand was recognised by the electors of Eden-Monaro and it is something they remembered vividly as they read the terrible news of his death. I express my sympathy, and I couple with this expression that of Allan Fraser 's, to his wife and family. We all feel the loss incurred by Dungald Munro 's departure from our midst.

Mr Snedden - I am very glad that I have been now informed correctly about something on which I was previously wrongly informed, and that is the state of health of Allan Fraser. I am very glad that I was wrongly informed, and I hope that he will understand that I was not in any way foretelling doom. I do not in any way retract the statement I made that Dugald Munro had a very great admiration for Allan Fraser and had hoped to carry on the work that Allan Fraser had done.

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