Condolences: John Maxwell Kidd OAM

Ms HENNESSY (Minister for Health) — I rise today to honour the life of John Maxwell Kidd, who passed away on 20 April. Max, as he was known to his friends, was a pillar of the Altona community and a much‑loved member of our local Labor family. He will be sorely missed. Max was a teacher, a keen golfer and a passionate advocate for his beloved sport of rugby. Max lived a strong, big life dedicated to community service. With his passing, Altona has certainly lost one of its champions. In 1999 Max was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. This award recognised both his dedication to the young people of Melbourne’s west — he had a particular commitment to supporting the multicultural communities in Melbourne west — and his advocacy for the sport of Rugby Union, which incredibly he continued to play until the age of 82.

Max was also a genuine renaissance man. He loved red wine and telling stories, and he continued to learn. He believed in lifelong learning. Max was funny and intelligent. He was wry. He had a big heart and a big mind. He was a great friend and source of support and advice to me for many years. I will miss his wit and his big smile. He was a true believer in the Labor cause, being a member of the Labor Party for 46 years. Max’s loss will be felt acutely by his wife, Margaret. I send the entire family my deepest condolences.