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Harold Holt - Members Statements

   Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Wednesday 13 December 2017 Assembly

Harold Holt

Mr T. SMITH (Kew) (09:59:46) — The 17th of December is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Right Honourable Harold Holt, the 17th Prime Minister of Australia. Harold Holt was a great Victorian. He was the member for Fawkner in the federal Parliament between 1935 and 1949 and the member for Higgins between 1949 and his untimely passing in 1967.

Harold’s children Nicholas, Sam and Andrew are well loved within the Liberal Party. Sam and his wife, Zegna, are very dear friends of mine, and it has been my pleasure to get to know them since I was the mayor of Stonnington way back in 2010. The enormous contribution made by Harold Holt to our nation cannot be underestimated. As Treasurer he presided over the creation of the decimal currency. As Prime Minister he furthered our relations with South‑East Asia and with the United States, and he presided over the ending of the White Australia Policy and the 1967 referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the census. I pay tribute to his contribution to our state and to our nation, and particularly to his sons Nicky and Sam.