Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 11 June 1984. Citation:
For service to ethnic welfare
From Mr Obeid’s maiden speech to Parliament 13 November 1991
I willingly pay tribute to my colleagues in the Australian Labor Party for their unwavering support,
including Senator Graham Richardson, John Johnson, Bob Carr, Neville Wran, John Della Bosca, Michael Easson, Deirdre
Grusovin, Terry Sheahan, Stephen Loosley and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Leo McLeay. …
The Premier and his Government should play an active part and insist that our superannuation funds are reinvested in this country
and not in international stock and real estate, which has already begun to occur. It is the last great chance we will have to
provide the basis of controlled investment in this country.
The Australian Labor Party believes that at the micro level, the State influence is greater in ensuring that key infrastructure services such as road, rail, ports, electricity and water are available for the future projects which this country must erect if we are to survive as a prosperous nation. And the State Government is also crucial in the controls it maintains through the regulation of business and the cost effectiveness of those regulations. A Labor Government in this State will ensure sustained economic
development based on private sector investment while at the same time enhancing and improving living standards, and ensuring that the criteria of social justice is met. In conclusion, I hope as elected representatives of the people of New South Wales in this mother of all Australian Parliaments we should never lose sight of the fact that we are here, competing against one another, to advance constructive and progressive ideas and policies for the betterment of all Australians, so that in deed and
in fact, we can truly be recognised as the clever country as we enter the twenty-first century.