Labor senator and father of four dies of lung cancer at age 67 – as Scott Morrison pays tribute to ‘devoted’ and ‘humble’ politician
- Incumbent Labor Senator Alex Gallacher has died of lung cancer at age 67
- Prime Minister and Labor leader paid tribute to former truck driver
- Mr Gallacher has represented South Australia in the Senate since 2010
Former truck driver and incumbent Labor Senator Alex Gallacher has died of lung cancer at age 67.
Mr Gallacher, a married father of four and grandfather, has represented South Australia in the Senate since 2010.
In December 2019, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and took a leave of absence before returning to work.
Former truck driver and incumbent Labor senator Alex Gallacher (right with wife Paola) has died of lung cancer at age 67
“May God bless him, may God bless you all, and may our colleague and friend rest in peace,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.
Mr Gallacher was born in Scotland in 1954 and came to Australia with his parents at the age of 12.
He was a laborer, truck driver and ground crew at the airport before working for the Transport Workers Union and later becoming a senator.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese described Mr Gallacher as committed and humble.
‘Alex’ career was indeed a beautiful one. We at Labor are very proud of Alex. He was a conscientious, no-nonsense man,’ he said.
‘He was a member of the committee for rural and regional affairs and transport for a long time. He prioritized road safety for the people who keep our country running during Covid.
“He was a family man, devoted to his wife and his children and grandchildren.”
Senate government leader Simon Birmingham also paid tribute, describing Mr Gallacher as an ‘old school’ Labor man.
The Senate has been suspended for a day out of respect.
Mr Gallacher (right with family) was a married father of four and grandfather representing South Australia in the Senate since 2010