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Mr. Laurence Joseph Hnrnott, for many yoars ono of tho most familiar figures,,'.'it Parliament House, died yesterdny at ' his

resldonco, Cronulla.

His health had long hoon unsatisfactory, and it yvas because of this that a llttlo over two yoars ago ho resigned tho office of Sor goant-at-Ann8 in the Legislativo Assembly.

Mr. Harnett was born at Roaobrook, near Cooma, on Oetobor hi, 1842, and had thus reached the ago of CO years. Mrs. Harnett died many years ago, hut thero aurvlvo two sons and a daughter. One ot tho sons la a solicitor In tho Justice Department, and. the other is Clerk ot Papers in tho Legislativo Assembly, and has from time to time dis- charged the official du ti ob that his father yvas so long Idontlfled with.

Tho deceased gentleman Joined tho Par- liamentary staff in 1SG0, and In May, LS'i.t, was appointed Sorgeant-at-Arma, an office in which ho served for the long period of ,10 yoars. When announcing tbo resignation to I ho House In July, 1009, Mr. M'Court, who yvas thon Spoakor, Bald: "I feel sure I shall bo expressing the opinion of lion, members yvhon I say that on all occasions Mr. Harnett portormed the duties ot bis olllco, which fre- quently required firmness, tact, and judg- ment, with courtesy, and so as to command the respect and esteem of all concerned. I deslro also to placo on record my apprecia- tion ot his services and to express my deep rcgrot at his retirement, especially In view ot the causea yvhich havo rendered that step necessary. Mr. Harnett served under various Speakers from the time of Sir Terence Aubrey Murray, and I believe they all expressed high approval of the manner lu yvhich ha per- formed his duties. I believo this approval Is shared by the outside public, to yvhom In Ibu performance of lils duties at Pnrliumont House ho waa ever considornto and obliging." Tbo House, hy resolution, placed Mr. Har nott's letter of resignation, and tho Spoalcor's remarks, upon tho permanent records.

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