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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1855

Senator WOOD (Queensland) - I was one of the Liberal senators- possibly the only Liberal senator present tonight- who was here when Senator Harris was in this chamber. I think it is right that I should say something on behalf of Liberal senators. I agree entirely with the sentiments expressed by you, Mr President. Senator Harris was a very dignified person in this chamber. He was not the hurly burly type of senator but always carried himself with a sense of dignity and fairness in debates. I think it can be truly said that he was not only gentlemanly but also of a gentle character.

He was a man who was interested in the aesthetic things of life which showed he had a deeper insight than what would have been the case if the had taken an interest only in superficial things that some people might enjoy more. I know that he loved nature and he had depth although he had a quiet personality. He was a senator who carried out his duties with dignity and when he retired from this chamber he left it with a very good reputation amongst his fellow senators. I therefore join with you Mr President, on behalf of the Liberal members of this Senate in expressing very sincere condolences to the family of ex-Senator Harris.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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