Australia has lost one of its political greats in Andrew Peacock.

Combining style and substance, he left an indelible mark on the Australian political scene. As Leader, Minister and Member for Kooyong for 28 years he carried the baton of his predecessor Sir Robert Menzies, championing Liberal ideals and providing strong and good government.

There was no more popular and respected Liberal in the Victorian Division.

Andrew held a number of senior portfolios in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser Governments including Foreign Affairs, External Territories, Industry and Commerce, Industrial Relations and Army during the time of the Vietnam War.

His warm and sincere relationship with the people of Papua New Guinea was well known and saw him awarded the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu and with it the title of honorary chief. His role in Papua New Guinea’s Independence cannot be overstated.

After his formal political career ended in 1994 he continued his public service as a distinguished and successful Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Andrew was authentic, tough and possessed a dry sense of humour. He will be remembered fondly by those on both sides of the political aisle as he played his politics as he pursued life, with vigour, dignity and the utmost decency.

I will be forever grateful to him for his generous friendship, advice and support, and feel so proud to be part of his wonderful legacy in Kooyong where he was an exceptionally popular local Member.

My love and prayers are with Penne and his extended family at this difficult time.

Farewell my friend.