Condolence Motion: Samuel John Everett Loxton, OBE
Written on the 7 February 2012
Although I did not have the privilege of knowing the late Sam Loxton, OBE, I am pleased to add my short contribution to this condolence motion debate.
The PRESIDENT -- I had the opportunity to meet with Sam Loxton on a number of occasions. In those days I was in the Young Liberal Movement, and I was president for a period which coincided with Sam Loxton's service to the Parliament. I can certainly attest to the camaraderie that he engendered in the Liberal Party and his parliamentary colleagues at that time.
His sense of humour has been mentioned. Something I would reflect on in the remarks that have been made -- one remark by Mr David Davis and one an errant note sounded by Mr Pakula -- is that Mr Loxton might have stayed in two places a little longer. The first thing is that I cannot understand why, as Mr Davis suggested to the house, Mr Loxton retired as an umpire when his vision
deteriorated; it is not as though that has affected most other umpires. The second thing is Mr Pakula's suggestion that perhaps we should be fearful that Merv Hughes is bound for politics, if indeed the Australian cricket board selector position is a qualification. Certainly Mr Loxton might well have stayed on that selection panel for considerably longer. We might have seen a few more Victorians appointed to the Australian cricket team to the benefit of that team rather than a procession of New South Welshmen.