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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1449..

Death of Mr Brett Muir

MRS CROSS (4.40): Mr Speaker, I refer to the recent death of one of my Phillip traders-Brett McCawley Muir-who died at the age of 42. Brett Muir was known in the Canberra community as a great humanitarian, a very shrewd businessman, and one of the greatest assets of the Phillip Traders Association. I want to pay tribute to him.

When Brett passed away unexpectedly, I was in East Timor and, unfortunately, was unable to attend his funeral. I understand the funeral, in the ACT, was attended by some 500 people.

Brett Muir became a very popular identity in PALM. He was a bit of a thorn in Mr Corbell's side during the issue of the Callam Street realignment, but was a very likeable fellow, in many ways. He had a very big heart. He had great dedication, and a spirit that has left a gaping hole in the Phillip business district. Hundreds of people around Australia sent their condolences to his parents.

Brett was found dead while his family were away. Most of us did not know that he was an epileptic, and suffered from a brain aneurysm. He will be sadly missed. I will read out a poem that was read at his funeral entitled "Bert for the shirt".

A brother I have had,

a brother I have loved.

A simple man with

a single plan he was.

"Enjoy little brother"

He was heard to say

"Have fun now and forever.

Life is short let's keep it sweet

Then we'll meet up in another".

And his parents extended this wish:

Thank you all for being here to share an unforgettable moment that will see you all deep in our hearts forever.

Brett Muir left some very fond memories in our hearts and minds, and we will always remember him. As the former president of the Phillip Traders Association, and someone who worked with him on a number of issues for the benefit of the Phillip business district, I hope his soul rests peacefully.

Hotel, catering and restaurant industry

MR SMYTH (4.42): Mr Speaker, I rise to acknowledge the contribution of the hotel, catering and restaurant industry to the territory and its economy. Restaurant and Catering ACT held its annual awards on Monday night. I think it is worth mentioning some of the restaurants that have done particularly well.

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