Griffin, HON. K.T.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:49:54): It is a privilege to rise to support this motion of condolence in relation to the passing of the Hon. K. Trevor Griffin. Trevor was one of a large number of members of parliament of his era who used his second Christian name. You will forgive me, sir, for referring to the gallery but there is one in our presence, former president the Hon. Peter Dunn, who is one of that variety, as were my father and a number of others.

I have a very long memory of Trevor Griffin because of his association with my father, and that association was well before they served together for four years in this place. Indeed, I first remember Trevor because of the role he played as the party president in the 1970s and, as my colleague the Hon. Rob Lucas referred to, that was a very difficult time for the party, and I think Trevor steered the ship very well. As a result, the two different parties within the Liberal cause as such came together.

Trevor worked with my father in the Liberal Party in the organisation, but also in the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia, as has been referred to by the Hon. Rob Lucas. Certainly, the negotiating skills of people like Trevor and my father represented respectively the Presbyterian and Methodist churches, and there were strong views from both of those churches. I think not too many people here would be surprised to know that there needed to be some compromise. I think Trevor and my father played some great role in the compromises that eventually saw the Uniting Church in Australia formed, although there were—and there still remain—some continuing Presbyterian churches, particularly in the South-East of South Australia.

I had 4½ years in this chamber with Trevor, and it was a great privilege because I happened to sit right behind him, so in that capacity I suppose he was well placed to provide advice to me. He provided a great welcoming mentorship to me, like another great mentor of mine, the Hon. Roger Goldsworthy. Both of them had been great friends of my father and, because Dad died before I was preselected to come into this place, they saw it as part of their role to take me under their wing to some extent.

Trevor provided me with a lot of advice about the role of a member of the Legislative Council and, as was mentioned here earlier, he was a great devotee of the role of this place—the fact that the way we undertake our position in the parliament is far different to that of the lower house, and he was passionate about the fact that that should always remain. His advice was always well meant. I sought out his thoughts early in the piece on a matter of conscience which saw me somewhat different in view to other members of my party, and also I seem to remember different to Trevor, but Trevor said that conscience issues in this parliament are very important and, if it is in your conscience to do that, then that is what you must do, and I will never forget that.

I will also never forget the fact that there was one particular issue—and I can't remember what that issue was—when Trevor was travelling in the United States on a ministerial trip, and he rang me, here in the building, around lunchtime one day to talk to me about it. It must have been some ungodly hour in the United States, but Trevor had decided that that was the best time for him to catch up with me. So as much as I don't remember what the issue was, I certainly remember the phone call.

Trevor was a man of the greatest integrity. He was as straight as a die, and some of those quotes that the Hon. Mr Lucas read out only strengthen my view on that. He had a great devotion to this state of South Australia, and I think that was always in his mind in the work he did. It is with sadness that I note he is the fourth member I have served with in this chamber who has now passed on. I extend my sincere sympathy and that of the Dawkins family to Val and the Griffin family.