Death Of Mr Andrew Olle

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SpeakersCarr Mr Bob; Collins The Hon Peter; Armstrong Mr Ian
BusinessCondolence, Ministerial Statement

Ministerial Statement

Mr CARR (Maroubra - Premier, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Ethnic Affairs) [2.17]: I am sure all honourable members will join me in extending condolences to Annette Olle and the three children of the late Australian Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster. Andrew Olle was noted for his courtesy, his dignity and his intelligence. He was a superb broadcaster. The explanation of State politics and public policy issues to the people of New South Wales was made more possible because of his professionalism. To Annette and their children I extend the condolences of all honourable members of this House. The quality of our public life is the poorer for his passing.

Mr COLLINS (Willoughby - Leader of the Opposition) [2.18]: I join with the Premier in expressing my condolences and those of the Opposition to the family of Andrew Olle. It was my privilege to work with Andrew Olle over a brief time at ABC television in the mid-1970s. Andrew Olle will be regarded by everyone who knew him as a journalist committed to fairness; to giving people a fair go. He leaves a legacy to Australian journalism which others might follow. He has been an inspiration to those who work in the media and to all who have known him. The circumstances of his passing are particularly tragic. Certainly his family - his wife, Annette, and their three children - have the deep sympathy of all honourable members of this House and, indeed, the Australian community over the tragic loss that the Olle family has sustained. Andrew Olle has left his mark on Australian journalism. I hope it will be recognised in some way, perhaps by a traineeship at ABC television named in his honour. That is something that might be taken on board in another place. I join with the Premier in noting the passing of one of Australia's finest journalists.

Mr ARMSTRONG (Lachlan - Leader of the National Party [2.19]: I join with the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition in expressing the condolences of the National Party on the very sad and untimely death of Andrew Olle. Through the medium of radio Andrew Olle became the friend of thousands of Australians. He possessed that rare talent of being able to relate to the ordinary person and to achieve the respect of professional people, both young and old. Andrew Olle's work was exemplary, particularly in picking up and reporting on causes such as the drought. Many commentators and journalists have done good work in exposing the rigours of the drought, but Andrew Olle's work was excellent in that his homework was always immaculate and he had a real feeling for his presentations on behalf of country people. It is with regret that I acknowledge the passing of a great professional and, indeed, a great Australian.