Senate debates

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Bradshaw, Mr Keith Oscar

5:24 pm

Photo of Stephen ParryStephen Parry (President) Share this | | Hansard source

It is with deep regret that I inform the Senate of the death earlier this month of Mr Keith Bradshaw, Clerk of the Senate from 1980 to 1982.

After serving in the Royal Australian Air Force between 1942 and 1946, including service in the United Kingdom as a wireless operator and air gunner, followed by a period of study, Mr Bradshaw commenced with the Department of the Senate in 1950. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the department over the subsequent 32 years, serving in a variety of roles including as Usher of the Black Rod, First Clerk Assistant, Deputy Clerk and finally as Clerk, retiring on 15 July 1982.

Upon his retirement, senators noted his kind and gentle manner, distinguished appearance, industriousness, and even-handedness in his dealings with all members of the chamber. Mr Bradshaw was appointed an Officer of the British Empire in 1982 for his public service.

On behalf of all senators, I tender my profound sympathies to Mr Bradshaw's family in their bereavement.