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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
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Senator HARRADINE(10.05 a.m.) —Madam President, I too would like to join with other honourable senators in this condolence motion. I knew Philip Lucock for the last five years of his service in the House of Representatives. He was a very fine member of parliament and a very considerate and compassionate colleague. He was the type of person who would be very interested in what your family was doing and how they were. Very often I forget that particular aspect, which should be very important to us. It was very important and much appreciated by me during the long illness of my wife. As Senator Chapman has said, Phil Lucock was a very dedicated member of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship. It was from those Christian principles that flowed his consideration of his fellow human being.

He was very strong on the need for parliamentarians to be accountable to their electorate. As has been said, he was a member of the House of Representatives for 28 years. In order to serve for 28 years he had to be elected no fewer than 12 times. I do not think he would give too many thanks to certain Prime Ministers who were interested in double dissolutions—they will remain unnamed at this stage. It is no wonder he had the very strongly entrenched view that members of parliament should be accountable to their electorate. He certainly was and the electorate of Lyne continued to return Phil Lucock, and justifiably so. I would also like to express my condolences to his children Robert, Ian, Patricia and Alison and to their families.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable senators standing in their places.