Paul Harriss, a former Liberal parliamentary colleague, “friend,” and “mentor,” passed away over the weekend after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. On Monday, the Premier of British Columbia, Jeremy Rockliff, paid respect to Paul Harriss, who died over the weekend. Mr. Harriss, now 68 years old, served in the upper house as an independent from 1996 until 2014, and then in the lower house as the Minister of Resources in the Liberal government led by Will Hodgeman from 2014 to 2016.
According to Mr. Rockliff, “Paul Harriss was a friend to many thousands of Tasmanians, notably in the electorate of Huon, and he was also a wonderful friend and colleague of mine for many years.” “I always looked up to Paul as a kind of a mentor, and… when I was elected to parliament in 2002, Paul had been a member for some years prior to that, and he was almost like a father figure to me,” the speaker said. “I have always looked up to Paul.”
“Paul was a member of parliament who worked with his constituents in a really kind, compassionate, and in very thorough way.” “Paul’s legacy will be as the member of parliament who put through important reforms in terms of expanding our forestry industry across Tasmania.” Mr. Harriss’s final public activities included working with Cancer Council Tasmania to spread the message that all men should get regular prostate-specific antigen testing, which is the primary diagnostic method for prostate cancer. This was one of Mr. Harriss’s final acts in public.
“Talk to your primary care physician and get a blood test done. A little needle is inserted once yearly at this time. Don’t be complacent – don’t be uninformed – just do it, “he stated those words at the moment.
According to the Cancer Council, around 550 males in Tasmania are given a diagnosis of prostate cancer each year. After 2001, when a close friend of Mr. Harriss passed away from the illness, Mr. Harriss started taking PSA tests on a regular basis. According to him, the results of his routine test in April 2019 showed a “blip,” and his physician suggested that he obtain another test three months later.
“But when it came down to it, it was the middle of winter in July, and I just never got around to stopping by the pathology department in Kingston. I experienced no discomfort or other symptoms “. After an initial screening that took place in December 2020, Mr. Harriss eventually went in for the subsequent test that was scheduled for him in December 2020.
“The scans revealed that the prostate cancer had spread to my bones, specifically my pelvis, ribs, and spine; nevertheless, it had not spread to any of my organs.”
Anita Dow, acting leader of the Labor Party, stated that Mr. Harriss frequently found himself on “the opposite side of political stoushes” with her party. According to Ms. Dow, “We always knew where we were with him on the major issues, and he defended his arguments with passion and commitment.” She stated that Mr. Harriss was a “formidable political force for 20 years,” referring to him as someone who was “fiercely pro-industry and the Huon Valley.”
Mr. Rockliff referred to the fact that Mr. Harriss had been consistently re-elected by his constituency over his twenty years of service as a “testament” to his value. “If you are not a grassroots member of Parliament, which means that you are not willing to deal with people on a daily basis, then it is unlikely that you will be reelected. Paul was able to win reelection time and time again.” Mr. Harriss leaves behind four children and eleven grandkids, ranging in age from four to nineteen.
Tributes to Paul Harriss
As a result of the announcement of Paul Harriss’s passing being made public, his friends, family, and other people who were close to him are going through a period of intense grief. I don’t believe that life should be viewed as something terrifying. In my opinion, it’s very similar to getting a soothing massage after a long day at the office. In the end, you will have to pick yourself up and head back to work at some point. To sum it all up, that pretty much sums up life, death, and the economy.
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