Judith Adams: we will miss you so much

01 April 2012

With the death yesterday of Senator Judith Adams, the people of rural and remote Australia have lost a powerful and sympathetic friend and advocate for their interests.
With lived experience both as a nurse in the health sector and as a long-time resident of country Western Australia, Judith was a passionate and determined spokesperson for the people of rural Australia over many years.

Despite the broad range of her policy interests, Judith never lost her focus on the capacity of government, working in tandem with people of the bush, to improve rural health and wellbeing. Her breadth of knowledge and polite insistence were demonstrated regularly at Senate Estimates where she had a well-deserved reputation for her strength of identity with rural people.

Prior to her Parliamentary career, Judith worked in the interests of the people of country Western Australia through her contributions to the Liberal Party and on aged care planning committees and Country Hospital Boards.

The National Rural Health Alliance was privileged and strengthened to have Judith closely involved for a number of years, including as a member of its Council and for a time as its honorary Secretary. Judith continued to support the Alliance and its work when she became a Senator for Western Australia.

Judith combined a broad concern for the governance of the nation with a single-minded and expert advocacy for the wellbeing of the one third of its population who live in rural and remote areas. The rural cause needs and deserves more champions like Judith Adams.

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