Labor Senator Alex Gallacher, who initially worked as a truck driver and then to give his former colleagues better salaries and a greater chance of returning home safely, died Sunday at the age of 67.
His family confirmed his death in a statement saying they were proud and relieved that his tenure in the Senate from 2010 contributed to Australia’s progress.
“There is no smoke or mirrors, just plain talk, hardworking employees and employers alike, in a tough competitive industry that works harder than most people imagine and keeps working while most people are asleep,” Senator Gallacher said of the transportation industry at the first time. Speech.
It was a demeanor he learned as a truck driver, worker, and flying ramp operator, which he continued when he became branch secretary and national president of the Transportation Workers’ Union, which he first joined in 1975. It remained with him in Parliament, even after taking office. Lung cancer diagnosed in December 2019.
“He never wanted to stop because of his illness,” said Ian Smith, a close friend of old Senator Gallacher as secretary of the TWU’s SA/NT branch. “He didn’t go there [to Canberra] In order to do nothing, he went there to make a difference.”
Most recently, in June, Senator Gallacher was still present in the Senate. Mr. Smith remembered him as a straightforward, loyal, persistent, and strategic thinker.
“He always had a plan,” Smith said, remembering how he reluctantly applied for a position in the union in the 1990s, feeling it would go to someone else. “[Senator Gallacher’s] The first words were “Ian: The position of recruitment coordinator is yours if you want it.” Hook, thread, sinker.”
After 22 years with the union, including during the WorkChoices era, Senator Gallacher was elected to Parliament, serving as chair of the Committee on Economics and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade and co-founding the Friends of Parliamentary Road Safety Group.