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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1486

Senator CARRICK (New South Wales) -Mr President,may I as one who had the privilege to know Sir Eric Harrison from the end of World War II say a few brief words, primarily directed towards sympathy to his widow, Lin, and her daughters. I knew Eric from the time that he was the deputy leader of a newly formed Liberal Party working to build that party from grassroots to parliamentary office. At all levels he was an inspiration; at all levels he made warm friends. He was a man blessed, until the last few years, with a magnificently strong physique, as all who knew him would know, a resonant voice and infinite good humour. He fought as a redoubtable fighter. He made opponents but I doubt whether he made enemies. He fought on principles. He played the ball and not the person. As such, a great stress was placed upon his loyalty, and loyalty he had as a magnificent second lieutenant to Sir Robert Menzies.

But I believe it should be said that in his own right he was a front runner as a politician, as a political fighter, and, indeed as a statesman representing Australia both here and abroad. The sad fact is that in the last two or more years he faced the enormously growing burden of an ailing body. It is a tribute to the man that he carried that burden and that illness with unfailing good humour and with the resolve not to place a burden on others. But because of that burden, I want to pay my own tribute to his widow, to his daughters and to his sons-in-law for the great stress, the great anxieties and the great worries they have had in that period and for the great love that they bore him. I would like, therefore, to register a personal sympathy and tribute to them.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable senators standing in their places.

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