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Russell Trood



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC

ATTORNEY-GENERAL

LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

MEDIA RELEASE RUSSELL TROOD

Russell Trood, who died yesterday shortly after his 68th birthday, will be remembered as a Senator who made a lasting, thoughtful and distinguished contribution to public affairs, in particular in his specialist field of international relations.

He also won a place in history as the Senator whose election to the final Senate position for Queensland at the 2004 half-Senate election gave the Coalition an unprecedented four of the six places, and handed the Howard Government an unpredicted Senate majority.

Russell came to the Senate from academia. He had been a professor of international relations at Griffith University and served at various times on the boards of numerous policy institutes in that field, including the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Indonesia Institute. He brought to the Parliament an unmatched knowledge of international relations, especially of East Asian affairs. His contributions to the Senate were always erudite, deeply informed and effective.

Russell was a very collegial Senator, decent, good natured and hard working. He was the soul of courtesy. Naturally, he was hugely popular among his Coalition colleagues and well-liked and respected across the chamber.

Beyond his specialist knowledge of international affairs, he made significant contributions to other policy areas, including higher education and regional affairs.

Russell was always a strong and staunch Liberal, in the great tradition of Deakin and Menzies. His work for the Party in Queensland was assiduous.

We have all lost a valued friend and esteemed colleague. I have lost a trusted confidante and one of my closest political friends.

We shall all be better for having known Russell Trood and Australia is better for his public service.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Dale and his children James and Phoebe.