Jim Randell remembered as a ‘gentleman of parliament’

Peter Holt

IT'S not often Labor and LNP politicians are united in Parliament House. But they were in remembering former Mirani MP and National Party minister Jim Randell.

Sugarcane grower and grazier as well as Broadsound Shire councillor Mr Randell served as Mirani MP from 1980 through to 1994 - winning five elections.

Mr Randell died in Mackay on June 21, aged 87.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Randell had proudly represented Mirani.

"Mr Randell, born in Mackay and passed away in Mackay, was a strong advocate for that region for all of his life," she said.

"I place on record the government's thanks for the years of service that Mr Randell gave to his community as a local and state government representative. On behalf of the government, I take this opportunity to extend my sympathy and that of this House to Mr Randell's family and friends."

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Mr Randell - affectionately known as "Possum" - was a passionate and dedicated MP.

"Jim served as the member for Mirani from 1980 until 1994. During that time he developed a reputation as a dedicated advocate for the people of his electorate, the people of Central Queensland generally and, in particular, for the three great industries of that region: sugar, beef and mining," he said.

Whitsunday LNP MP Jason Costigan said Mr Randell was one of the first people he took advice from on becoming a politician.

"In the 1980s growing up in Mackay people like myself looked up to Jim Randell," he said.

"Possie, or Poss, as he was affectionately known, was certainly a great champion of the people not only of the Mirani electorate but also the broader Mackay region and, indeed, the people of Central Queensland.

Mirani Labor MP Jim Pearce said Mr Randell was well liked by Labor MPs as well as National and Liberal Party members.

"I prefer to keep my contribution short and remember the man as the member for Mirani, my neighbour as a member of parliament and a bit of a character," he said.

"Wayne Goss said of Jim Randell's decision to retire from the parliament that he was sorry that one of the gentlemen of parliament was quitting. I think that is a pretty fair rap." - ARM NEWSDESK

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