Retirement of Senator Marise Payne
On behalf of my senate colleagues, I congratulate Senator Payne on her 26 years of dedicated service to the people of New South Wales.
She has served her country as a cabinet minister in some of the most demanding portfolios, including foreign affairs, women, defence and human services.
Marise has demonstrated her staunch devotion to her party and to liberal values.
I respect her love of country and her belief in our institutions, in particular the Senate.
Marise is our country’s longest serving woman senator. I know this, along with her other achievements, took tremendous dedication.
Throughout her parliamentary career Marise has sought to be a leader for women and girls, and to encourage as many women and girls as possible to get involved in politics.
Within the Parliament, she also dedicated a substantial amount of time to serving on committees related to foreign affairs, trade and defence, which were a considerable foundation for her ministerial service, as well as over fifteen years as a member of the Committee of Privileges, one of the most important domestic committees of the Senate.
I wish Marise the best for her future endeavours.
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