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Thursday, 2 April 1987
Page: 1719


Senator PETER BAUME —by leave-Mr President, during the winter months in Sydney we play a game called rugby league. Perhaps the smallest band of people in existence in Australia are the supporters of North Sydney Rugby League Club. It is probably true that Senator Grimes, who played for North Sydney at one stage, could be included in that band. But if one moves up the road a bit from North Sydney Rugby League headquarters one comes to an institution called the `country club', otherwise known as the Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney. Senator Grimes may not recall that in his maiden speech in this place he looked across the chamber at me-I either just preceded him or was about to follow him in giving my own maiden speech-and made the point: `You may have taught me medicine, but you did not teach me politics; I kept reading after I finished Adam Smith'. I am glad that he said that. There are those on my own side who say that I should go back and read Adam Smith.

An interesting thing about that country club, the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, is that it is not unconnected with Australian politics. A fellow named Peter Wilenski trained at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Look what happened to him! A fellow named Doug Everingham was a clinical assistant at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Look what happened to him! A fellow named Moses Henry Cass was a student and resident at the hospital. A fellow named Richard Emanuel Klugman was a resident at the hospital. Don Grimes was at the same hospital and, of course, so was I. I am known as the blue sheep of the medical graduates of Royal North Shore! The rest have all gone solidly for the Labor side of politics, Don Grimes no less than the others. If in fact I was a teaching registrar when he was a student that was probably to my benefit.

I would like to recall the time that we spent together on the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare during some great days in 1977. On one very interesting occasion the Committee split over the question of the decriminalisation of marijhuana. On one side of the argument we had voting one Labor senator, one Liberal senator, Senator Walters, and one National Party senator. On the other side were former senator Bill Brown, Don Grimes and I. Because I had the casting vote our view, of course, prevailed.


Senator Walters —And I objected.


Senator PETER BAUME —And Senator Walters quite properly objected for, I might tell honourable senators, about 23 hours!

In my dealings with Senator Grimes while he was Minister and I was shadow Minister he showed me great courtesy, gave me enormous assistance, provided briefings both formal and on a daily basis as well as Press cuts and was in every way an ideal person with whom to relate. Also, he was, of course, one of the less tense and agitated members of this chamber. I conclude by expressing the hope that in due course, and in good order, the nominee of the Australian Labor Party to replace him will come to this chamber as intended under the provisions of the Constitution.