Brian Harradine, Australia's longest-serving independent senator, has been honoured at a State funeral in Hobart, reports Yahoo7.
Mr Harradine, who died last week aged 79, represented Tasmania for 30 years and became known as the 'father of the Senate.'
Family, dignitaries, former colleagues, and friends gathered at St Mary's Cathedral for a Mass for the man who was a devout Catholic. Among the mourners were former Prime minister John Howard and Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman.
Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous paid tribute to Mr Harradine during his homily. 'Brian Harradine has gained respect as a man of high principle and integrity,' the Archbishop said. 'He's seen by allies and by those opposed to him as a man who will not go down paths of expediency or compromise in order to achieve his ends.
'Brian leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of good. He never claimed the limelight, or sought to gain credit for what he achieved, he never wanted fuss. He would have probably thought today was a little over the top.'
Former senator Brian Harradine farewelled at state funeral (The Australian)