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Tuesday, 1 May 1979
Page: 1675

Mr ANTHONY (Richmond) (Minister for Trade and Resources) - On behalf of my colleagues in the National Country Party, I want to support the motion of condolence, moved by the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser) and seconded by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Hayden), in respect of our late colleague, Frank Stewart. It is indeed a very sad occasion when one of our colleagues dies, especially one who served in this Parliament for such a long period and had such a distinguished parliamentary career as a private member and as a Minister.

In 1965 I travelled overseas with Frank Stewart. We had the opportunity of getting to know each other. We became friends. I always considered him a manly man, a person dedicated to his party and devoted to his family. Frank had very strong religious convictions. This led him to take a strong stand on moral issues. We all remember the forthright and unyielding way in which he put his views on matters relating to the sanctity and security of family life. His high principles also extended to his political views and convictions. As was mentioned by the Prime Minister (Mr Malcolm Fraser), Frank Stewart was of the old school of Labor men. At times in his career he suffered because of his attachment to his principles. Frank Stewart was the kind of man who won respect from people from both sides of politics. He certainly had my respect and that of my colleagues. We join in the expressions of sympathy to Mrs Stewart and Frank's six children. They can take great pride in the fact that Frank Stewart was a man who served his country and his fellow man with humility yet with a determination based on the strong convictions and principles that guided all his actions.

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