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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3371 ..


however in the past she was recognised by the organisation and awarded the Tigers Spirit Award in 2015.

Most importantly Lisa was inducted into the Tigers prestigious 100 Club as an Associate Member in 2017 for her outstanding service to all and sundry during her time with the Club.

Lisa was known for her infectious laugh and beautiful smile, her giving nature and her ability to light up a room whenever she entered.

At just 50 years of age—a magnificent person has been taken.

Our thoughts are with daughter Caitlin, son Dwayne, sister Michelle and other family members.

I would like to add to that that our thoughts are with the Queanbeyan Tigers football club and the broader AFL community in the ACT.

Laurie Carmichael—tribute

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (6.51): Over the weekend the Labor movement lost a true hero, with the passing of Laurie Carmichael. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, of which Laurie was an official, rightly described him as a formidable union leader. Laurie began an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner after leaving school at 14. In 1946, whilst working as a fitter at the Williamstown naval dockyard in Victoria, Laurie became active in the Amalgamated Engineering Union. He became the Victorian state secretary of this union in 1958 and in 1972 became assistant national secretary of the Amalgamated Metalworkers Union.

Laurie's leadership of campaigns in the metal industry was integral to achieving victory in the fight for the 38-hour week. He also led campaigns for better pay and increased annual leave in the industry. In 1969 Laurie also took a leading role in anti-Vietnam protests in Australia. He supported anti-apartheid education at workplace meetings, and union members attended demonstrations and rallies in great numbers, including against the 1971 Springboks tour.

In 1987 Laurie was elected as assistant secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. In this role he was pivotal to the development of the ACTU and ALP prices and incomes accord. The accord delivered significant improvements for Australian workers, including programs we now take for granted, like Medicare and compulsory superannuation. As Senator Doug Cameron said in his statement on Laurie's passing:

Laurie fought on behalf of working class Australians to achieve fundamental social reforms we all enjoy today.

The accord is seen as having driven much of the economic success and social progress of the Hawke-Keating era. Importantly, the accord shows exactly what is possible when unions, government and business genuinely work together.


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