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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2223

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) - I associate the Australian Democratic Labor Party with the sentiments that have been expressed by the Minister for Air (Senator Drake-Brockman) in conveying the sympathy of this chamber to those who survive His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor and in presenting an address to Her Majesty the Queen expressing our sorrow as a chamber of this legislature.

The Duke of Windsor was one of the outstanding figures of our time. He was called to high office and that involves assuming tremendous responsibility. We remember him in his country as one who came here when a very young man, entrusted again with high responsibility. Those of our older generations will recall with a great deal qf pleasure his vivacity, his elan and his identification with those parts of Australa which he had the opportunity of visiting during his journey to this land in the 1920s. He was a man who carried out his duties with gaiety and with those qualities that endeared him to people and which were capable of engendering tremendous affection.

Hisdeath marks the passing of an era, with changes in the British Commonwealth as country after country assumes a different situation in relation to the mother country. With the passing of the Duke of Windsor, we see the end of a period which was marked by the great glory of the British Empire. Therefore we can look back with nostalgia on his life and on his participation in the affairs of his country and of the British Commonwealth. On behalf of the Australian Democratic Labor Party, I join in the expressions of sympathy to the Duchess of Windsor, who survives the Duke, and the members of the Royal Family. We join in the motion for the address to Her Majesty the Queen.

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