Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh has paid tribute to Liberal Senator Jim Molan, who has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72.
McIntosh said she was saddened by his passing, and that Molan was an “advocate” for the Penrith community.
“Jim was a great Australian. He served our nation with distinction in the defence force, and our community as a senator for NSW. He fought hard for the democratic values within our Party, and I personally appreciated his great support and guidance,” she said.
“Jim was an advocate for our community in Lindsay and helped me on my campaigns, but more than that he was a friend who greeted you with a smile and cared about your wellbeing.
“In parliament, Jim was passionate about the safety of Australians. He brought an amazing combination of intellect and expertise on geostrategic matters, such as Australia’s role in the Pacific and our alliance with the US.
“Jim’s determination, patriotism and hard-work will be remembered, and he will be greatly missed. He was a gentleman and an all-round top Australian.
“Our prayers and love to Anne, his children and grandchildren who we know were his greatest passions in life.”
Molan’s family issued a statement this morning, saying his health rapidly declined after Christmas and he died peacefully yesterday.
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