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improve urban public transport and green western Sydney. I understand he even opened Australia’s first ever bike path, and it was here in Canberra, although the actual details of that have been lost to the vagaries of time.

In closing his first speech to parliament in 1958, Tom Uren quoted Ben Chifley and said:

If from time to time the policy is not favoured by the majority of the people, there is no reason why the things we fight for should be put aside to curry favour with any section of the people. I believe that what we are fighting for is right and just. We must continue and justice will prevail.

I extend my condolences to the family and friends of the Hon Thomas Uren.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Hon Kep Enderby QC

Motion of condolence

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events): I move:

That this Assembly expresses its profound sorrow at the death of the former Minister, the Honourable Kep Enderby QC, Member for the ACT in the Whitlam Government and champion for civil liberties, and tenders its sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues in their bereavement.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to move that this Assembly expresses its deepest and sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Keppel Earl Enderby, who sadly passed away on 7 January 2015, aged 88. I would particularly like to offer my profound sympathy to Dot, his wife of 50 years, and his many family and friends.

As I am sure every member of this place knows, Kep Enderby was the last member to represent the entire territory in the House of Representatives and the first to represent the newly created division of Canberra.

Kep was a man who lived his life and pursued his passions with incredible energy. At various times he was described as “a gifted mind”, “a whirlwind of ideas”, and “one of the great progressives of our time”.

Kep was born in Dubbo in 1926. He studied law at the University of Sydney on a scholarship earned through his service in the Air Force during World War II. In the early 1950s Kep practised and studied law in London, advocating tirelessly for social justice and civil liberties as a barrister. He had a particular skill that gave him a bit of a leg-up over his legal peers at the time—Kep’s golfing was good enough to see him compete in the 1951 British Open.

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