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Tuesday, 14 October 2003
Page: 21295


Mr ANDERSON (Deputy Prime Minister) (2:21 PM) —I join the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in remembering Dr Jim Cairns, one of the Left's great champions and idealists. Much that needs to be said has already been canvassed today. I simply make the comment that, whilst I would not pretend to have shared many of Jim Cairns's political views, I think history will view him tolerantly, for he was a passionate man and a man of conviction—one who believed very deeply in his view of how a better world might be shaped. The success of our democracy, in the end, depends on the willingness of men and women of vision to participate in the political process and be willing to make a contribution. No-one can dispute that Jim Cairns was prepared to do those things. I express my condolences to his family and friends.