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Monday, 9 October 2000
Page: 21034

Mr MURPHY (1:48 PM) —A few weeks ago the former Labor member for Lowe from 1982 to 1987, Mr Michael Maher, OAM, and his wife Margaret travelled to Ireland for a short holiday. Unfortunately for Mr Maher he broke his hip whilst in Dublin—which, coincidentally, is the birthplace of my grandfather. Last night my wife Adriana and I paid Mr Maher a visit in his home in Five Dock where he is convalescing after a successful full hip replacement operation which was performed in Dublin.

As you know, Mr Speaker, the former occupier of your chair, the Hon. Bob Halverson, is Australia's Ambassador to Ireland. The purpose of this report to the House today is to express on Mr Maher's behalf his deep appreciation of the visit by His Excellency to him whilst he was in hospital. As you know only too well, Bob Halverson is from the opposite side of politics to Mr Maher, and it just demonstrates that when someone needs support, politics takes second place. We all know that Michael Maher was one of the most genuine and most loved members to grace this House. I know that I speak for all members in wishing Michael Maher a speedy and full recovery.

Honourable members—Hear, hear!

Mr SPEAKER —I thank the member for Lowe. I am sure that the Chief Opposition Whip and the member for Cunningham would expect that of the fraternity of former Speakers.