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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Senator John Panizza

31 January 1997

I am greatly saddened to learn of the death of Senator John Panizza.

Since entering the Senate in 1987, Senator Panizza had been a strong representative for the State of Western Australia.

His appointment as Government Whip in the Senate following the March 1996 election was a fitting tribute to his tireless efforts and service both in the Senate chamber and on a range of Senate committees.

Senator Panizza was a great advocate for rural and regional interests, not only in his home State but across Australia.

Senator Panizza was a fine Australian who was proud of his Italian heritage.

His death is a great lost to the Coalition Senate team.

On behalf of all Coalition Senators, I express our deepest sympathy to John's wife Coral and his family.

Commonwealth of Australia