Mr Laurence Draper

Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:16): On Monday morning, I had the privilege to attend the funeral of Laurie Draper AO, QPM, who was one of my constituents—not just one of my constituents, but a long-time supporter and member of the Liberal Party. My dealings with Mr Draper were in his later stage of life, but he came across and was an incredibly gentle, humble and unassuming man. If you read his autobiography More Than Just a Job: My Life and Career from Junior Constable to Commissioner of Police, you will see in that man why he became Commissioner of Police in 1978, after Commissioner Salisbury, and, of course, in a period of a lot of social change in South Australia.

Something that was evident through the eulogies at his funeral was that he was promoted to that position because he was seen as a safe pair of hands within the police force. He was promoted much to the displeasure of a lot of senior officers at the time. In his own words, he was not a company man and he was not necessarily one of the boys, but he was extremely diligent, he was extremely process driven, and he saw change in the South Australian police force that made it a stronger institution. A lot of the hallmarks we see in the South Australia Police today came through the time under his service as Commissioner Draper.

He was a wonderful family man. His five daughters (Jill, Wendy, Anne, Marie and Susan), and sons-in-law (David, Mark, Danny, and Stephan), 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren have suffered a huge loss, creating a huge void in their lives because he was such a wonderful family man. He was a man who loved horses and country living: one who, up until a couple of weeks ago, was still playing lawn bowls, and someone who slipped to the next life peacefully in the last couple of weeks.

It is people like Laurie Draper who, when we go back and study the history of South Australia, and particularly the civil service, will be remembered for a long time to come. Vale, Laurie Draper.