Steve Condous

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:35): I rise to associate myself with the comments made by the Hon. Mr Lucas on behalf of Liberal members, and I do so as the only other current Liberal member in the parliament to have served with Mr Condous. I well remember his contributions in the joint party room, some of which were highlighted by my leader a few moments ago.

There are a couple of amusing things that I remember very well about his time here that coincided with mine. The leader has just reflected on the famous trip home from Port Pirie via Port Augusta. As much as I agree with the leader in saying that very few members of the Legislative Council would have ever done that, Mr Condous at least was happy to confess to the joint party room that he had done it when I think that many people would have kept it to themselves.

We all wondered why he did not work out, as he drove towards Port Augusta, that having had the sea on his left-hand side when he went to Port Pirie why it was still on his left-hand side when going home. I think, as the leader said, his geography skills outside of metropolitan Adelaide and particularly Colton were not as strong as they were for some of us.

Another matter I remember very fondly was the annual Blessing of the Waters at Henley Beach. On Saturday night last some of us heard a former premier, the Hon. Rob Kerin, relate the embarrassing story he had at the Blessing of the Waters at Glenelg, where he had the misfortune of the dove dying in his hands and the subsequent embarrassment about it. In fact, one young friend of his would not even let him hold his baby.

About 12 months after that event I was asked to represent the premier at the other Blessing of the Waters at Henley Beach. I very well remember Steve Condous—I do not know where Steve was but I was there to represent the premier—telling me beforehand that as I was new to the parliament he did not want me embarrassing anybody. He said, 'You know, this is what you've got to do to make sure you don't do what Kerin did.' He also gave me the now very well-known advice: whatever side of the Greek community is running the Blessing of the Waters, they always have spare doves now.

Can I say that I do remember Steve Condous very well, particularly even before his parliamentary career, as a very strong advocate for the City of Adelaide. I recognise that he was awarded an AM. He is well regarded throughout many facets of the South Australian community. I indicate my condolences to Angela and the family.