20 August 2014
of the Legislative Council
Motion Peter Underwood
(Rosevears) - Mr President, we have lost a great Tasmanian. I grieve
with Peter Underwood's widow, Frances, and I can do no better than
quote her words at the state funeral:
beautiful man in every sense of the word. Beautiful in body, powerful
in intellect, quick-witted, sparkling and courageous spirit.
can better that, Mr President.
all stages of his long and illustrious career, Peter Underwood
maintained a strong sense of community engagement. That is what I
appreciated. He was very passionate about the community and he worked
to improve the values of our society. He was of the Tasmanian
community. I know that my brother, Phil, swam with him every Thursday
morning at the Aquatic Centre and enjoyed just being there at the
swimming pool in the presence of the Governor, who chose to do his
could talk easily with every member of the community and the
Tasmanian community will miss his understanding and compassion.
Underwood was a man of peace and he understood the horror of war and
was not afraid to condemn its glorification as he did on Anzac Day
this year. It was a great speech although misunderstood by some.
Every Tasmanian should be reminded of that speech each Anzac Day and
certainly its quotable passages are material for my Anzac Day speech
next year, which will be a very important Anzac Day.
and I had the great privilege of being invited by the Governor to
Government House when he hosted the ambassador for Croatia. It was a
very special night for us and we enjoyed it very much. We were made
to feel welcome and very comfortable at what was a big gathering for
the ambassador. I wanted to get Carole's impression of what she
thought; she is a great assessor of people and has a good
understanding of their qualities. She said, 'He's the best example I
have seen of a modern man - respectful, caring, forward thinking, and
a man from a high position in our community not scared of saying it
how it is. He was a great host who treated all guests with great
respect and had genuine interest in others both young and old'.
Carole was very impressed with his opening up of Government House to
everyday people as often as possible. Carole's wish is that all
politicians and other lesser mortals might look to him as an example
of how humans should exist and relate to each other. It is sad - the
passing of a person who had become a great Tasmanian.