Senator Alan Eggleston



Can I just make some very brief remarks? I am not a Queenslander, I am a Western Australian, but I found that I had common views with Warwick Parer in various areas when I first came here. He was someone who assisted me and who explained Senate procedures to me. He was an individual who I greatly respected because of his great record in business and his great success in business, as well as his  political views, which I found very sensible and very much in keeping with my own views. In addition, I found his knowledge of the mining industry very interesting; of course, I came here from the Pilbara, where the great West Australian iron ore industry is based. We discussed mining issues on many occasions. I found that he was a person who had an outlook very similar to that of people in Western Australia.

I must say I enjoyed knowing Warwick Parer; admittedly at a much more superficial level than the Queensland members. The last time I saw him was at the Liberal Party campaign launch in 2010 in Brisbane, and we had a very friendly conversation there. I simply want to add my tribute to those already on the record: Warwick Parer was somebody who made a significant contribution to the Senate and, in his own way, he was very much a great man, and a great supporter of Liberal Party and its values.

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