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Tuesday, 2 May 1989
Page: 1633

Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(10.39) —I wish to speak very briefly to support the comments made by Senator Brownhill about the late Frank O'Keefe. I did not enjoy quite as long an association with Frank O'Keefe as was enjoyed by David Brownhill. I simply acknowledge all of the very positive qualities that Senator Brownhill has just put into the record. But I wish to speak because, on behalf of the Opposition I say to his widow, in particular, how highly Frank O'Keefe was valued in this Parliament. He was the antithesis of the caricature of a politician. All of the negative implications that there are in that word he lacked. He was a tremendously gentlemanly person and a very kind person. I know from my own visit to his electorate when I spent time with him when I was opening a nursing home at the time that I was Minister for Social Security, it was an absolute delight to be with him. Senator David Brownhill has very admirably sketched out why that would be so. That was the sort of man that he was. I can safely say on behalf of all Opposition senators that I extend to his widow our very great sorrow at his death and record the fact that we are very grateful for the contribution that he made in this place. He was in every sense a gentleman and he brought great credit to his profession of a politician. I am very sad that he has died. I am pleased that we have had this opportunity tonight to acknowledge his contribution both to this Parliament and to his immediate community.