Page 2777 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 13 September 1994

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   Tuesday, 13 September 1994


The Assembly met at 2.30 pm.


The Clerk: I wish to inform the Assembly that the Speaker, Ms McRae, is absent from the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 6, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Cornwell, shall perform the duties of the Speaker.

MR ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) thereupon took the chair and read the prayer.


MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Acting Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr John Newman, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, and tenders its profound sympathy to his family and fiancee in their bereavement.

Mr Acting Speaker, members would be aware that the New South Wales State Member for Cabramatta, Mr John Newman, was tragically shot dead outside his home last Monday night. It was an outrageous, cowardly and senseless act of violence.

Born in December 1946 and educated in the Cabramatta and Liverpool area, and then later at Sydney University, John Newman dedicated his life to serving the public. He became an organiser for the Federated Clerks Union in 1969 and served as a State official for 17 years, also becoming a delegate to the New South Wales Labour Council and the ACTU Congress. He was elected to Fairfield City Council in 1977 and served as deputy mayor in 1985 and 1986. Mr Newman was also a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety - Staysafe - for six years, and a member of the Australian Sports Commission. After entering the New South Wales Parliament in 1986, John Newman undertook a fearless crusade against gang violence within his electorate. The fact that he continued to campaign for the improved safety of his constituents in spite of the constant threats against his own physical safety was testimony to his courage.

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