Statement on the retirement of Senator Trish Crossin
Senator Trish Crossin has been a tireless community servant for the people of the Northern Territory over decades.
I take this opportunity to particularly thank Senator Crossin for her work on reconciliation, the rights of indigenous Australians and the need for appropriate and well-funded community health services.
I also pay tribute to her as the first female elected to the Federal Parliament from the Northern Territory and as chair of the Status of Women Caucus committee for a number of years.
There is no doubt that being a Senator for the Northern Territory is one of the toughest jobs in the Commonwealth.
As a former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labor Party I thank Trish for her tireless work in the 2007 Federal Election in promoting Labor’s election platform in both Solomon and Lingiari. Trish has also been a friend of mine for many years and has hosted me at events throughout the Northern Territory.
I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Crossin for the remainder of her time in the Senate and I wish Trish, her husband Mark and their family all the best for the future.