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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 68


The PRESIDENT (4:59 PM) —I had the pleasure of serving in the Senate for three years with Janine Haines. She was a delightful colleague: sharp-witted—as has already been said here today—straightforward and an individual of particular integrity. Janine Haines rose to lead her party during some turbulent times, but she strove to be measured and objective as issues came before the Senate. She was a very honourable person and one never had any reason to doubt her word when she gave it.

One abiding legacy that Janine Haines has left with the Senate is the induction seminars for new senators and senators elect. The idea of such seminars was her suggestion back in the late seventies and they have been conducted after every general election since then. It is typical that Janine should have suggested something so eminently sensible to make the lives of new senators just a little easier.

After leaving the Senate, Janine was an occasional radio commentator on politics, and I found her contributions always balanced and laced with an attractive Australian scepticism which embraced all political parties. I was unable to attend her state funeral in South Australia last Friday but was represented there by the member for Grey. I offer my personal condolences to Ian and to their family.

Question agreed to, honourable senators standing in their places.