Recognising the services of Donald James (Pinky) Brown
Shaun Leane’s Member’s Statement recognising the services of Donald James Brown, otherwise known as ‘Pinky’ Brown by his friends in Broken Hill.
“I wish to recognise the services of Donald James Brown, otherwise known as ‘Pinky’ Brown by his friends in Broken Hill.
Don is one of my constituents and a fierce advocate for the labour movement and the Labor Party. He was born in 1934 and grew in Broken Hill, and just before his 15th Birthday he got a job at the local butcher and joined the union movement. Don then worked in a few jobs in Broken Hill as a butcher’s assistant, a plasterer, and a mine worker. After the mine shut in Broken Hill, Don moved down to Melbourne and worked as a council worker at the Dandenong Council. Don got involved with the Municipal Employees Union and rise through the ranks to serve six years as State President. In fact, Don chaired the last meeting of the MEU before it was amalgamated into the ASU.
Don is now retired and living in the Eastern Suburbs, but even in retirement he is still a lifelong of member of the union movement and an active well-respected member of the local branch of the Labor Party.
Pinky has been good person of the labour movement and he has devoted his entire life to improving wages and working conditions for workers around Australia.
I am honoured to acknowledge his enormous contribution to the labour movement and the Labor Party in the house today, and also feel honoured that he is a good friend”.