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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
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Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr SNEDDEN - I am glad that the Prime Minister has seen fit to pay a tribute to Nigel Bowen. I am glad also that we understand that this is not to be in any way an obituary; it is quite the contrary. Nigel Bowen departed from here in the greatest of good health. The last time I saw him, which was very recently, he was in robust good health, apparently enjoying the release from the strains of political office. Those on this side of the House who served with Nigel Bowen knew him to be a very fine colleague. When he came into this Parliament he did so, as the Prime Minister has said, an established man. I think it is worth mentioning that in his contribution to this nation in this Parliament he forwent a very great deal of income that he would otherwise have earned at the Bar. But he accepted that difficulty.

Nigel Bowen was able in all his posts. He will long be remembered as Attorney-General. There has never been a better equipped AttorneyGeneral than Nigel Bowen. But probably his most recent post as Minister for Foreign Affairs will be the one for which he will be best remembered. He was also Minister for Education and Science. He was a warm and humane man who was highly regarded in his electorate and by both sides of the House. He never lost the real legal capacity that he possesses. It is true that he was in every sense qualified to be a member of the High Court of Australia and he would have graced that Bench as he will grace the Bench- the New South Wales Court of Appeal- on which he now sits. I am glad to say that people of any political persuasion can serve in this Parliament and notwithstanding that service can go to judicial office and enjoy the respect and confidence of everybody in this Parliament. The people have good cause to rest their faith in Nigel Bowen.

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