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Brian Harradine, pro-life Australian politician, dies aged 79

17 April 2014

Senator Harradine inspired a generation of pro-lifers, including SPUC's John Smeaton

Brian Harradine, the pro-life Australian former politician, has died aged 79. [SBS, 14 April]

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, said: "I fondly remember Senator Brian Harradine’s visit to SPUC’s offices in Westminster in the late 1970s when he was at the height of his influence in the Australian Senate. Brian was an inspirational figure for me, who almost single-handedly stopped the Australian government from funding the anti-life population control lobby.

"When he walked into our office, shortly after we moved in, I remember him saying "Gee, this is a mess! The Holy Spirit must be here." Certainly he demonstrated in his political life the power of the Holy Spirit in confounding our enemies. May he rest in peace."

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