The claims of public office can be exacting, engaging and in many instances demanding, but not always rewarding. This would seem to epitomise the public career of the Right Honourable Franois Michael Porde. However, it can be rightly claimed that he filled many high public offices with commendable merit and this might have been even more conspicious if the fortune or favour had smiled a little more kindly. To be denied leadership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Labour Party by one vote, to have suffered defeat in an Electorate he had so faithfully served for twenty-four years, and finally at a much later date to have narrowly missed election to a seat in the Queensland State Parliament, which would have assuredly made the leadership of the State Parliamentary Labour Party in Queensland possible, indicates the truth that "politics can be cruel". All this Mr. Forde accepted with stoic calm and no complaint. He served the Labour Movement with great loyalty. His zeal in fulfilling the duties of Ministerial office as well as that of High Commissioner in Canada, his conscientious application and high integrity in these endeavours are worthy or the highest commendation. Mr. Forde held Cabinet rank during the crisis of the 'Great Depression' and again during World War II, in the latter instance as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Army, an extremely onerous portfolio at that time. He was a member of the Advisory War Council and the War Cabinet in those perilous days. His' contribution in public office was clear, calm and decisive, a man who gave character to his position. He was the correct style, maybe regarded by some as staid and without adventure in public controversy, he never purposely offended, but his . words were heeded with respect and always had trustworthiness. It is a proud thought to me to have shared in Government and personal friendship with one so estimable as Francis Michael Forde.
I warmly commend this thesis on his life and feel it will record the enduring qualities which were uniform and consistent in character of one who served the people of this nation of Australia with genuine dedication.