HOBART, TASMANIA June 30, 2004 ( Veteran Australian Senator, Brian Harradine has decided not to recontest his Australian Senate seat in the next election (next year). After thirty years in the Senate, Harradine says that he “would like to spend more time with my family. I would also like to concentrate on some writing, speaking engagements and bushwalking.”  As the longest serving Parliamentarian and longest serving independent senator since Federation, Harradine has been a champion of pro-life and pro-family issues in Australian politics, as well as a champion for the interests of the Tasmanian community.  On the occasion of Harradine’s retirement, the Most Rev. Adrian Doyle, Archbishop of Hobart, issued a press release with the following comments, “Senator Harradine’s contribution stands out on many levels, from his single-minded dedication to Tasmania through to his advocacy on issues that many parliamentarians have been too timid to address,” he said. “He has been a champion of those whose voice often could not be heard above the Canberra clamour and his commitment to the protection of human life is an example that many others in political life would do well to emulate.”  Harradine was most recently noted in for his condemnation of the Australian government’s decision to allow destructive research on human embryos.

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