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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 778


Senator MICHAEL BAUME (4.26 p.m.) —There are many distinguished products of North Sydney Boys High School and there are many others who can be described as just products—like myself. But there are also many distinguished cricketers who are products of North Sydney Boys High School, like former Australian captain Ian Craig, the late Graeme Hole who, I remember, was Senator Chapman's club coach in South Australia until Graeme's sad death a couple of years ago, and Allan Border.

  Ian Craig's and Graeme Hole's careers were unfortunately cut short by illness. In fact, Graeme Hole ruptured his spleen playing cricket; Ian Craig got a disastrous stomach problem on a tour of India while captain of Australia. While these careers were unfortunately cut short, fortunately for us AB's career lasted much longer. But as far as many of us are concerned, it could have lasted a little longer still, and I am certain there are regrets all around this chamber that is not so.

  He has brought honour to his nation, his sport and his school. During my period as shadow minister for sport, Allan Border was always helpful and courteous to me. I am most grateful to him for that and I would like to join in this motion wishing him well.