Roustabout, MP and a ‘de­cent man’ farewelled

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

FAM­ILY, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered on Satur­day to hon­our for­mer MP, coun­cil­lor, “bal­ladeer” and pas­sion­ate Coast res­i­dent Bruce Lam­ing.

Hun­dreds turned out for Mr Lam­ing’s funeral in Buderim af­ter he died on Mon­day fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with de­men­tia, aged 79.

Mr Lam­ing was a coun­cil­lor on Lands­bor­ough Shire for one term be­fore en­ter­ing state pol­i­tics in the seat of Mooloolah (now Kawana), go­ing on to serve as his party’s whip, hous­ing and public works spokesman and even­tu­ally deputy speaker.

In 2001, af­ter be­ing or­dered by his party to put One Na­tion last on the bal­lot pa­per, he suf­fered a 19% swing that lost the Lib­er­als their sec­ond safest seat.

His son An­drew Lam­ing, who fol­lowed his fa­ther into pol­i­tics and holds the seat of Bow­man, said his fa­ther had left “quite a story”.

“Dad’s time here has been in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

“He was a man who cre­ated ad­ven­ture around him.

“Dad al­ways con­sid­ered risk but gave us such free­dom.”

Mr Lam­ing de­scribed his fa­ther’s younger years as a “bal­ladeer” work­ing along­side shear­ers and “roustabouts” as he recorded his ex­pe­ri­ence of Aus­tralia in the 1950s.

It would fi­nally be im­mor­talised in his book You’ve Got to Knock About Son.

“Dad was the only one who left a chron­i­cle of this amaz­ing na­tion,” Mr Lam­ing said.

He said his fa­ther would be re­mem­bered through his many pas­sions in­clud­ing clas­sic Jaguar cars, bar­ber shop quar­tets, skin-div­ing and po­etry.

Among the Lib­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives in at­ten­dance at Satur­day’s funeral were Mem­ber for Fisher An­drew Wal­lace and Queens­land Sen­a­tor James McGrath, who de­liv­ered the welcome ad­dress in which he de­scribed Mr Lam­ing as a “good, de­cent man”.

Both politi­cians were men­tored by Mr Lam­ing dur­ing the early years of their ca­reers.

The Sun­shine States­men Cho­rus, of which Mr Lam­ing was an honorary life mem­ber and two-time pres­i­dent, gave trib­ute with a ren­di­tion of I Still Call Aus­tralia Home.

“His life was a happy life,” cho­rus mem­ber Mell McMichael said.

Col­leagues re­mem­bered Mr Lam­ing as the man who saved Point Cartwright from be­ing de­vel­oped into a fun park.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

VALE: Fam­ily and friends gath­ered to farewell for­mer MP Bruce Lam­ing on Satur­day.

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