The Morrison Government will recommend to the Governor-General that Ita Buttrose AO OBE be appointed as the next Chair of the ABC.

But the impact we’re here to talk about today is a huge investment in Australia’s future. Not just our energy future, not just our climate future - but our economic future.

The Hon John Herron AO is remembered as a man who dedicated himself to others as a parliamentarian, surgeon and humanitarian.

John Herron was a Senator for Queensland from 1990 to 2002. He was Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1996 until 2001.

After leaving the Senate, he served as Australian Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See from 2002 to 2006.

The great theme of John Herron’s life was medicine. It was tremendous life experience he brought into the Parliament.

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