October 15th 2011

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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Gillard Government undeterred by growing voter backlash

EDITORIAL: Gillard's Asian foray is deeply flawed

QUEENSLAND: Brisbane ill-prepared for coming wet season

CIVILISATION: Is culture more powerful than politics?

RETAILING: Dick Smith blasts Coles' "extreme capitalism"

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Still coming to grips with the global financial crisis

CLIMATE CHANGE: Nobel laureate breaks consensus over global warming

UNITED STATES: New Republican candidate for the White House

UNITED STATES: Gay agenda mandatory in California schools

TAIWAN: Taiwan celebrates centenary of Republic

EUTHANASIA: Nitschke, Nembutal and the TGA

OPINION: The error of demonising carbon "polluters"

OPINION: Robert Manne and the Quadrant affair

TRIBUTE: Max Crockett remembered

BOOK REVIEW The rise and fall of the New Left

BOOK REVIEW Cultural suicide

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Max Crockett remembered

by John Morrissey

News Weekly, October 15, 2011

Max Crockett remembered

When newly-elected Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan delivered his maiden speech on August 25, he paid tribute to a number of stalwarts who had kept the party alive since its decline in the 1970s and had supported him personally. Among these were the late Max and Eileen Crockett of Geelong. Max died earlier this year, his wife having predeceased him 12 months earlier.

Max was also the lynch-pin of all National Civic Council and Australian Family Association activities in the Geelong and Bellarine area, as well as maintaining a solid contingent of paid-up DLP members to help guarantee the survival of the party in Victoria. He was also a strong supporter of Peter Kavanagh, who heralded the return of the DLP when he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 2006.

For many years, Max and Eileen hosted NCC and AFA meetings at their home. Max was tireless in distributing NCC/AFA literature around the many churches and civic groups in the area. On every campaign and vital issue, Max liaised with the Catholic priests and other clergy in Geelong, and he was prominent as a spokesman for the AFA on social and moral issues, with frequent letters published in the Geelong Advertiser.

A retired technical schoolteacher, Max displayed an almost boyish enthusiasm for every subject in which he immersed himself. He became an expert on the Shroud of Turin and mounted a convincing case for its authenticity, which became a travelling roadshow. With his science background, he would demolish the chemistry of the greenhouse theory of global warming for anyone who would listen.

As well as his parish work and his contributions to the social apostolate, Max was a generous member of the local community. He remained active till the end, still regularly ferrying other patients to their hospital and medical appointments.

Max and Eileen are sorely missed by their legion of friends in the Geelong area and by the many supporters of the Movement who knew them well. They are survived by their children and grandchildren.

Tribute written by John Morrissey.

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