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Senator Judith Adams Dies

The Liberal Party’s Western Australian Senator Judith Adams has died, aged 68.

Senator Judith AdamsSenator Adams reportedly died as a result of breast cancer.

She was in her second term in the Senate, having been first elected in the 2004 federal election. Her term commenced on July 1, 2005.

A former nurse and farmer, Senator Adams was Deputy Opposition Whip and had been Temporary Chair of Committees since July last year.

According to her personal website, “Judith was born in Picton, New Zealand and after completing her secondary education trained as a general nurse, a midwife and gained a Diploma in Operating Theatre Nursing.

“In 1963 Judith joined the NZ Territorial Army as a Nursing Sister, obtaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant and in 1967 was appointed to the NZ Surgical Team in Vietnam as a civilian nurse auspiced under the Columbo Plan. [Read more…]

Senator Judith Adams (Lib-W.A) – First Speech

This is the first speech of Judith Adams, Liberal Senator from Western Australia.

Senator Adams was elected at the 2004 federal election. She took up her seat on July 1, 2005.

Hansard transcript of Senator Judith Adams’s first speech to the Senate.

Senator Judith Adams(5:01 PM) — Mr President, may I congratulate you on your re-election and thank you and the staff of the Senate for an excellent three-day orientation program. This was made available to the class of 2004 to prepare us for the responsibilities and challenges of being a senator. It is a great honour and privilege for me to become a member of the Senate representing Western Australia. I sincerely thank the Liberal Party State Council delegates for their endorsement. To the people of Western Australia who elected me, I will do my best to represent you with honesty, sincerity and integrity. Special mention must be made of the contribution of my predecessor, the former Senator Sue Knowles, who spent nearly 21 years representing Western Australia in this place. Sue is remembered for her direct approach to issues, her debating skills and her committee work, especially in the areas of social and health policy. She will also be remembered for her compassion and support she gave to her fellow committee members. I thank Sue for her encouragement and assistance to me, both before and after my election, and I wish her well in her future endeavours. [Read more…]