Armistice Day 2010

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I support this motion. I particularly want to pay tribute to two men who were serving members of New South Wales Parliament when the First World War broke out and who enlisted in the Australian armed forces and served in the Great War.

I pay tribute to Ted Larkin, the serving Labor MP for the State seat of Willoughby. He was among the first to enlist in the First World War.

Ted Larkin represented Australia in the first-ever rugby union test against New Zealand in 1903. He became the first full-time secretary of the infant New South Wales Rugby League in 1909 and his personal efforts and enthusiasm resulted in rugby league being established in country areas and in Catholic schools. Of course, more than 100 years later those groups are still the strongholds of the sport of rugby league. Rugby league rates Ted Larkin as one of the game's most competent administrators.

Larkin, always a staunch Labor man, surprised very many by winning the North Shore seat of Willoughby for Labor at the 1913 State election.

I support this motion. I particularly want to pay tribute to two men who were serving members of New South Wales Parliament when the First World War broke out and who enlisted in the Australian armed forces and served in the Great War.

I pay tribute to Ted Larkin, the serving Labor MP for the State seat of Willoughby. He was among the first to enlist in the First World War.

Ted Larkin represented Australia in the first-ever rugby union test against New Zealand in 1903. He became the first full-time secretary of the infant New South Wales Rugby League in 1909 and his personal efforts and enthusiasm resulted in rugby league being established in country areas and in Catholic schools. Of course, more than 100 years later those groups are still the strongholds of the sport of rugby league. Rugby league rates Ted Larkin as one of the game's most competent administrators.

Larkin, always a staunch Labor man, surprised very many by winning the North Shore seat of Willoughby for Labor at the 1913 State election.