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Obituary - Jeff Shaw QC: A Tribute


Mairi Petersen


Jeff Shaw was born on October 10 1949 and died on May 10 2010. He was given a State Funeral on May 19 2010. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and sons James and Jonathon. Jeff was a son of the working class. His mother was a secretary, and his father was a printer, and a real stalwart of the Printing Trades Industries Union. He was a Labor Party member and activist from a young age but he was more interested in the ‘bigger picture’- the philosophical arguments – than the corrupting quest for ‘getting the numbers’ to get a seat in parliament. He was ideologically of the Left, and fiercely committed to traditional Labor values.