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Thursday, 14 June 1984
Page: 3090

Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General) —by leave-The Senate is indebted to the remarks Senator Rae has just made about Max Bingham. Although he was, of course, a political opponent of the Australian Labor Party, I have the highest respect for him based on my quite considerable contact with him over a number of years, more particularly in his capacity as Attorney-General of Tasmania and my dealings with him at ministerial council meetings of one kind or another. I fully endorse everything Senator Rae said about Max Bingham being a highly competent and effective politician, and a thorough gentleman. He has been an absolute pleasure to deal with, which cannot be said of all his colleagues in the Tasmania Government, any more than it can be said of the just departed Leader of the Opposition (Senator Chaney) in this place. But certainly to the extent that it is possible to have respect for, and indeed a measure of friendship with, people across party lines, even in the midst of such controversies as the dams affair and so on last year, about which there can hardly have been a more spectacular ruction in Federal-State relationships in recent decades, it is possible to have it with Max Bingham. God knows who his replacement will be as Tasmania's Attorney-General to represent Tasmania on the various ministerial councils we attend, but I cannot imagine that anyone would be as co-operative and gentlemanly as Max Bingham. I do not know what particular afterlife he is now going to, but I certainly mourn his passing as a politician.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 11.05 p.m.