I place on record my sincere appreciation for Daryl Melham’s service as Chair of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party Caucus.
He has discharged the position with passion and integrity during difficult times in the Caucus’ history.
Daryl Melham has led Caucus since 2004: through two election campaigns; various leadership ballots; election to government in 2007 after nearly 12 years in opposition; a global financial crisis and a hung parliament.
As Prime Minister I valued his handling of a massive legislative agenda through the Caucus and its committees including the many pieces of legislation necessary to ensure that our response to the Global Financial Crisis was both timely and effective, the Fair Work Act and 85 pieces of legislation to remove discrimination against same sex couples.
Many of these were controversial in Caucus debate and Daryl’s Chairmanship of Caucus process was essential to the business of government.
Daryl Melham and I share a passion for fair treatment and reconciliation for our indigenous peoples. I take this opportunity to thank him for his work over many, many years towards this cause as well.
As a movement we are lucky that he will continue to serve the people of Banks and will contest the next election. The people of the electorate of Banks can be truly proud of the work he has done and continues to do in this place.
I issue this statement to place on record my sincere personal appreciation of his work for the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.