Government is united: Parke

The recently appointed Minister for International Development, as well as Fremantle’s representative in Federal Parliament, Ms Parke said a big loss was Defence Minister Stephen Smith announcing he would end his political career.

‘I want to pay tribute to Stephen Smith, a politician of great honour, intelligence and dedication,’ she said.

‘He has embodied the very best qualities of a representative and a parliamentarian, and had served his electorate and the nation with distinction.

‘On a personal level, I will be sorry to no longer have the benefit in Parliament of Stephen’s friendship and wisdom, but I know he will continue to contribute to public life in Australia whatever he does next.’

She said events of the past week would make for a united Government in the lead-up to the election.

‘I am glad the Labor Government is today united in the effort to fight for the policies and programs that will deliver fairness and nation-building innovation at the next election,’ Ms Parke said.