Harradine out of hospital
70 year old Tasmanian independent Senator Brian Harradine was discharged from hospital yesterday after a minor stroke 10 days ago.
Australian Associated Press reports that he was admitted to hospital after suffering the symptoms of a stroke at home.
Senator Harradine did not contest the October election and will retire on June 30 after 30 years in parliament.
He thanked hospital staff, his family, friends and supporters for their help over the past few days.
"I'd like to thank my wife Marian, family, friends, supporters, staff and colleagues for their support and prayers during these past 10 days," Senator Harradine said.
"I have been well looked after, and I look forward to serving the people of Tasmania in these remaining months of my parliamentary term."
A spokesman for the senator said he was making strong progress towards a complete recovery.
After Senator Harradine's admission to hospital, Hobart's Archbishop Adrian Doyle said he shared concerns about the Senator's health and would be "certainly be praying for his successful and complete recovery".
"I'm sure the Catholic community will be wishing to support him and his family in their prayers," he said.
Harradine out of hospital (The Australian/Associated Press 15/3/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
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 prays for Harradine recovery (CathNews 7/3/05)
Archbishop says Harradine a "tough act to follow" (CathNews 30/7/04)
Harradine looks to life beyond Senate (CathNews 19/4/04)
Harradine recuperating at home (ABC Tasmania 15/3/05)
16 Mar 2005