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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 232


Mr HOCKEY (North SydneyThe Treasurer) (20:40): I, like many others in this place, am a little surprised by the speech from the member for Griffith. I suppose many of the new members today would have witnessed the highs and the lows, the darkness and the light of what politics is really about, because we have had it all today in this chamber. But I know the Kevin Rudd that perhaps many do not know. I have seen the Kevin Rudd that many have not seen, including sharing semi-nakedness with him in a river in Papua New Guinea—an unforgettable experience, I must say!

I say to the member for Griffith that I think he is, in many ways, the luckiest guy in Australia. He married a beautiful woman, a very special woman, who has been not only a partner on the journey in politics but also a great supporter, raising three magnificent children. And now they are grandparents to someone I know they dearly love. I suppose your grandchild will reflect on the fact that grandpa was Prime Minister, and I think she can be well satisfied that her life is better for his contribution to our nation.

The member for Griffith has had the extreme experiences of public life over the last few years. Very few of us actually get the opportunity to see someone come in as a new member, serve as Prime Minister and leave. It is very, very rare. But we have witnessed an extraordinary career, with great highs, as the Prime Minister recognised—defeating who we believe to be Australia's greatest Prime Minister in an election defeat that was of enormous significance—to experiencing the very deep lows, even at the hand of his own party. But the fact is he is still a decent man; he deserves all the very best for his future.