Friday August 10, 2007 10:50am WST
For Immediate Release
"It is with deep regret that we take note this morning of the planned departure of the former Member for Calare and current candidate for the NSW Senate Peter Andren MP from Federal politics because he has been diagnosed with cancer," WA Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning.
"Peter Andren is someone who we can regard as a politician who deserves the highest acclaim for his commitment to upholding human rights in Australia, his promotion of decency in social justice and social values, and his quiet but firmly held and outspoken determination to uphold parliamentary accountability," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"Peter Andren's openness to and welcoming of Project SafeCom's contributions to the debate and to the issues in Australia made him our friend, and that process in principle started when he, invoking laughter and disdain, voted against both Tampa bills in 2001, causing colleagues on both sides of The House to ridicule him and saying him he was committing political suicide - disdain that went silent when the 2001 election came and his percentage point score in his local electorate increased against all expectations and in defiance of the scorn expressed in Parliament."
"Project SafeCom extends its warmest and best wishes to Mr Andren for his treatment and recovery, while noting that the empty seat he will leave behind in politics is hard to fill in terms of ethics, warmth, humanity and commitment."
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
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