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Monday, 21 June 2004
Page: 30886

Mr SIDEBOTTOM (1:51 PM) —I wish to pay personal tribute to the late Jim Bacon, Labor Premier of Tasmania from 1998 to 2004. I remember Jim was personally supportive of my long campaign to win Braddon for the ALP, most especially in the very lean years when encouragement was needed most. Jim's personal letter of congratulations when I was finally elected in 1998 is one of my most cherished pieces of correspondence. Tasmanians today have a great sense of optimism about our island paradise. Jim Bacon was personally instrumental in helping bring this about. Jim's great strength was that as an eager immigrant and passionate convert to Tasmania he was able to see that our island had much to offer and was capable of greater things. His legacy proves he was right. Jim Bacon was a genuinely respected man loved by many Tasmanians. He was a natural leader and a successful one. He was also a good man, much loved and loving. He loved Tasmania and politics, but he loved his family most—especially his loving wife, Honey. He will be greatly missed, but we are better for his wonderful contributions to our state and for his falling in love with Tasmania in the first place. Rest in peace, Jim Bacon—and thanks.