Archbishop prays for Harradine recovery
Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle said last night that he shares concerns about Senator Harradine, who is in intensive care in the Royal Hobart Hospital after suffering what is believed to be a stroke.
The 70 year old Catholic Senator Harradine, famously outspoken on social justice and bioethics issues, has used his bargaining power in the Senate to significant effect. Last hear he announced his retirement, which will take effect when his current term expires in June.
The Mercury reports that he was taken by ambulance from his suburban Montrose home to the hospital just before 9:00 am yesterday. It says his family was at his bedside yesterday and a hospital spokesman last night described his condition as stable.
"I will certainly be praying for his successful and complete recovery," Archbishop Doyle said. "I'm sure the Catholic community will be wishing to support him and his family in their prayers."
Senator Harradine's office late yesterday issued a statement saying his symptoms were similar to when he had a minor stroke more than six years ago during the controversial Wik native title debate.
"Senator Harradine's condition has been stabilised and he is undergoing a series of tests to determine the precise cause," it said. "He is likely to miss this week's session of Federal Parliament."
Senator Harradine, who turned 70 in January, is the longest-serving senator in the current Australian Parliament.
He said last June he would not seek another term citing health and family reasons.
Senator Harradine is due to retire on June 30 after first standing as an independent in the Senate 30 years ago.
Australian Greens senator Bob Brown said all would wish Senator Harradine well.
Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon said Senator Harradine had been a tireless campaigner for Tasmania.
"His has been a long and distinguished public career of service to this state," Mr Lennon said.
"I'm sure all Tasmanians will join us in wishing him all the very best for a speedy recovery."
Stroke fears: Harradine in intensive care (The Mercury 7/3/05)
Brian Harradine, Senator for Tasmania (Parliament of Australia, Senate)
Feature Interview: Senator Brian Harradine (Sunday Nights with John Cleary, ABC Radio 18/7/04)
Climb every mountain (Australian Catholics Spring 2004)
Archbishop says Harradine a "tough act to follow" (CathNews 30/7/04)
Harradine looks to life beyond Senate (CathNews 19/4/04)
Senator Harradine in intensive care (The Advertiser 7/3/05)
Harradine suffers minor stroke (The Age 6/3/05)
7 Mar 2005