I was saddened to learn today of the death of my friend and former colleague, Russell Trood.
Russell was a good friend, a generous mentor and a wise counsel. He was one of Australia's finest foreign policy minds, respected and admired by all sides of politics. He served Australia as a scholar, as a diplomat and as a Senator.
He was an optimistic, dedicated and above all unfailingly decent man.
Australia’s relations with, and understanding of our neighbours in the Asia Pacific have been enhanced by Russell’s tireless efforts over many years.
The way in which Russell fought the aggressive thyroid cancer that overtook his life was characteristically stoic and brave.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dale, his two children, James and Phoebe, and his many friends.