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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6847

Senator BOSWELL (Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services) (3:49 PM) —Gordon Davidson left in 1981 and I came here in 1983, and so I never had the good fortune to meet the former Senator Davidson. But today gives me the opportunity to join with Senator Hill, the Leader of the Government in the Senate, who is moving this condolence motion. He is moving it for someone he replaced, which is a unique situation. I am one of the few that have done 20 years in the Senate—I think Senator Hill and a few others around here have done 20 years; my 20 years comes up in March—and it is a long time. It was a long time for Gordon Davidson to have given to South Australia. He spent more time than that in local government, which is the breeding ground for federal government. He would have spent much of his time serving the people there too. He was awarded a CBE for his work for both federal and local government. I say to his family that we join with them in their sorrow. I support the motion of condolence that Senator Hill has moved.