Rock’s tenure as a Cabinet Minister has always been characterised
by his enthusiasm for the debate of ideas, and for his pursuit of
what he believes to be right, rather than what pollsters have told
us is expedient.
“He is one of the enlightened parliamentarians
who have consistently looked to the judgement of history, rather
than to that of the nightly news.
“Irrespective of whom they support in
our Party’s succession process, I know that all Liberals will
regret Allan’s decision not to seek the leadership at the
November 2003 convention. He would have helped keep the leadership
race centred on ideas and ideals; he would have raised the bar in
the debate of public policy; and he would have championed a progressive
and activist vision of government.
“As the Party’s National Policy
Chair and a member of the National Executive, I am committed to
ensuring that regardless of the number of leadership candidates
who enter the fray, the leadership process will be structured in
a manner that will require an open and substantive debate over competing
visions of the public good.
“I am heartened that in making his
decision, Allan has announced that he will remain in Cabinet and
that he will contest the next election. The Liberal Party has owes
him a debt of gratitude for all he has contributed to date, and
for all he will certainly contribute in the future.”
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