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WHO out there can re­mem­ber when Sen­a­tor Ian Mac­don­ald looked like this?

Sen­a­tor Mac­don­ald has shared the pho­to­graph of his much younger self, with wife Les­ley, to cel­e­brate be­com­ing the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of the cur­rent Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment.

“Who would have thought when I first went to Can­berra as an in­no­cent boy from the bush way up in North Queens­land 27 years ago, that I would end up be­ing the long­est serv­ing pol­lie in the cur­rent Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment, or that I would have spent nine years as a Min­is­ter, trav­elled the world and met lit­er­ally tens of thou­sands of fel­low Aus­tralians from all walks of life — and hope­fully in the process, achieved some­thing?” he said.

“Along the way I met some won­der­ful char­ac­ters like Bill Hef­fer­nan and Bron­wyn Bishop, some real lead­ers like John Howard and Michael Woodridge ( who set up the JCU Med­i­cal School), some firm friends like Peter Lind­say and War­ren Entsch, and some bad guys like my New South Wales La­bor name­sake, Ian Mac­don­ald.”

Sen­a­tor Mac­don­ald de­scribed Par­lia­ment 27 years ago as a “much gen­tler and more gen­uine place”.

“Per­haps I have just got­ten wiser with age, but nowa­days there seems to be so many per­sonal agen­das run­ning that have less to do with the good of the coun­try and more to do with per­sonal ad­vance­ment,” he said.

“But while as the photo con­firms, I have grown older with less hair, one thing has re­mained con­stant, and that is the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment of my won­der­ful, for­ever young wife, Les­ley.”

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