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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 688

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) - I would like to associate myself with the expressions of condolence to the wife and family of the late ex-Senator Roy Kendall. My association with him dates back to his entry to the Parliament in 1949. As was mentioned, at one time he carried out the duties of Assistant Whip to Dame Annabelle Rankin. He was one of those co-operative and thoughtful members of the Parliament who always had the interests of the Senate at heart. We can say that he was a member of a very distinguished association of Whips who have graced the Senate. We very much regret his passing. I would like to mention the balance that he brought to debate on matters in which he was closely interested, particularly maritime matters which demonstrated his long experience. The value of the contributions that he made to the debates in the Senate will always be appreciated. He was a man of great sincerity with a very friendly personality and a kind nature. He never held a grudge. As a mat ter of fact, I was very proud on one occasion when I raised a matter in the Senate. He rose from the Government side and agreed entirely with all I said and praised my remarks. That was almost a miracle and I have always had reason to remember him for that. I wish to convey to his widow and to his family my personal sympathy in the loss of a very fine citizen. I hope they have the strength and the fortitude to overcome what must be a tremendous loss to them.

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