Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Senator Scarr is rising to pay tribute to someone who I consider to be a good friend: Senator Carr. Can I just say how much Senator Carr's contribution on the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation Committee, the Scrutiny of Bills Committee and the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has had an enduring positive impact on me. If someone had said to me before I came to this place that one of the senators I would speak the most fondly of and have a lot in common with in terms of respect for institutions and the importance of those institutions in this place was going to be Senator Kim Carr, I would have been surprised. But perhaps I would have been naive. I would just like to pay tribute to Senator Carr's intellectual rigour, his sense of humour and his generosity of spirit in terms of sharing lessons—hard-learned lessons, no doubt, over his years of contributions in this place.
I pay my regards to Senator Carr. One of the best speeches I have heard in this place over the last three years was Senator Carr paying tribute to his father-in-law—the background of his father-in-law, who was as a refugee from Europe. I think that speech summed up Senator Carr to me. He leaves this place with my enduring affection, having made a very deep impression upon me.