Differences were set aside in Federal Parliament last week as both sides of politics took time to remember the efforts of a Western Sydney political giant: former NSW Deputy Premier Ron Mulock.
Chifley Labor MP Ed Husic and Lindsay Liberal MP Fiona Scott paid tribute to Penrith's Mr Mulock, who passed away this month aged 84. You can see Ed's speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e-8HzJkOtg
Shadow Treasurer and McMahon MP Chris Bowen was present for the Mulock dedications, along with Shadow Communications Minister and Blaxland MP Jason Clare.
"I welcomed the chance to speak with Lindsay MP Fiona Scott during this special moment to remember Ron Mulock," Mr Husic said.
"It was a fitting reminder of the way Ron Mulock approached politics - working with all to ensure Western Sydney progressed," Mr Husic said.
"It's been a difficult year for the Labor faithful, losing two icons in the one year: both Neville Wran and Ron Mulock. But we can see that they have left a last legacy for our region.
“He was in the frontline of a golden Labor era for change in NSW, and Western Sydney was better for it.
“Mt Druitt Hospital, the Penrith Lakes concept, improved public transport and new Western Sydney suburbs all were products of that period."
“I'm personally indebted to Ron Mulock, because he, along with then Premier Unsworth in 1987, were the NSW drivers for the establishment of University of Western Sydney.
“I became the first person in my family to get a university degree because of the University of Western Sydney was set up - and Ron Mulock played a part in helping that happen."
Darlinghurst born in 1930, Ron Mulock headed west as a young lawyer and established a successful practice in Penrith.
His distinguished career in public service began a decade later on Penrith Council and Ron would go on to serve three terms as Mayor.
But Macquarie Street called out for Ron Mulock's talents and as a result he would represent three state seats with distinction – Penrith, St Marys and Nepean from 1971 until his retirement in 1988.