Old­est man in­spires sen­a­tor

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

AS TWO par­lia­men­tar­i­ans barn­stormed the south­west last week, they could not go past a pit stop to Pi­na­roo re­tire­ment vil­lage to visit Aus­tralia’s old­est man.

Queens­land Sen­a­tor Amanda Stoker and Mem­ber for War­rego Ann Leahy were on the road in­quir­ing about aged care fa­cil­i­ties and zonal tax­a­tion in the re­gion, but a visit to Dex­ter Kruger soon be­came the high­light of their trip.

At 108 years of age, Mr Kruger had no trou­ble en­ter­tain­ing his guests, from claim­ing he was ar­guably Kil­coy’s great­est son to shar­ing life val­ues that the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans could ap­ply in the cham­ber.

Sen­a­tor Stoker said Mr Kruger was an in­spi­ra­tion.

“He is fun, smart and cheeky. Gosh, to be that switched on at that age says some­thing pretty im­pres­sive about the life you learn doesn’t it,” Sen­a­tor Stoker said.

Ms Leahy said they vis­ited Dalby, Chin­chilla, St Ge­orge, Mitchell and Roma and could not miss the op­por­tu­nity to visit the old­est man in her elec­torate.

PHOTO: JAMES LIVERIS

OLD TALES: Sen­a­tor Amanda Stoker and Ann Leahy read ex­cerpts from Dex­ter Kruger’s new book.

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