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Thursday, 21 February 1985
Page: 28

Senator COATES —I will be very brief and avoid the temptation to respond to some of the side issues that Senator Harradine raised. I knew Senator Lacey not as well or for as long as some other Labor people in Tasmania, but I would like to pay a brief tribute to him. I will not repeat the details of his service but I will point out that, as well as the things already mentioned, he served in the Australian Labor Party's Federal Executive, was Federal Vice-President in 1962 and was a delegate to the Federal Conference for seven years. He remained loyal to the ALP throughout the traumas of the 1950s split despite extreme pressure. He will be remembered as a person who gave a lifetime commitment to the goals of the Labor movement, not just through his parliamentary service but through his willingness to serve the ALP and the union movement. He was made a life member of the Australian Labor Party.

Despite differences of opinion that may have occurred from time to time, all people in the Party respected him. There was an indication of this when I attended his funeral. I noticed present, apart from a huge number of family and friends, a very wide range of Tasmanian Labor people including three former Premiers, the current parliamentary leader and many past and present ALP officials. I support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable senators standing in their places.