MR DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — I would like to pay tribute to three very special individuals who passed away recently: Sam Courtney, Sheila Evans and Bill Stanhope. All were long-time members of the Labor Party, but more than that, they were great contributors to Australian society. It is people like Sam, Sheila and Bill who do not seek recognition but contribute nonetheless.
Sam Courtney was a humble man. I got to know Sam a lot in the last few years, and I very much enjoyed our chats in his home in Oakleigh Road, Carnegie. Sam, even though he climbed the heights of corporate Australia, becoming managing director of IOOF, never lost his sense of social justice and community participation. That was evidenced by his involvement in the Labor Party — he supported me, Simon Crean, Ann Barker and other Labor Party people — as well as his strong involvement in his church.