Twenty years in politics for MP
ANDREW Fraser’s political colleagues and friends paid tribute to the two decades of State parliamentary service given by the Coffs Harbour MP at a dinner on Saturday night.
Some 90 people gathered at the Bonville Golf Resort to toast Mr Fraser and his wife, Kerrie, and start the ball rolling for the March 2011 election in NSW.
Mr Fraser’s twin brother, Simon, piped the couple in to the dinner wearing the traditional Scottish tartan kilt and sporran.
A special guest at the dinner was State Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell who said he took no comfort that the Coalition would win that election.
He said no matter what commentators and journalists said the decision was up to the State’s 4.5 million voters.
Among the guests were other National Party colleagues and their partners, including Ian and June Causley and John and Anne Turner.
Mr Fraser himself paid tribute to his wife, Kerrie, saying with him spending 156 days in Parliament each year, she had virtually brought up their children on her own.
Among the speeches was a short address, read by Paul Owens, from eminent UK constitutional lawyer Leolin Price, who has provided legal advice on Australian constitutional and domestic legislative matters to Mr Fraser and his assistants for 20 years, free of charge.
Thrifty Car rentals boss George Cecato kicked the tin for Mr Fraser’s 2011 campaign fund, topping the bidding at $500 for a copy of John Howard’s political biography and a good red wine to drink with it.