Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:35:25): I wish to commemorate John Morris, OAM, a valuable member of the Maitland community, a passionate advocate for equality, a member of the NSW Teachers Federation, co-founder of the Maitland Repertory Theatre and Maitland Republican Group, and a stalwart of the Australian Labor Party.

While teaching at Dungog High School, John saved a couple from certain death after their ute became stuck on a level crossing. John helped the woman to safety and, because the man would not leave the ute, he flagged down the train driver to stop the train. Passengers then got off and helped lift the car off the tracks.

John participated in nearly every aspect of community life before he died in July this year. He was named Maitland's Citizen of the Year in 1996. In 2006 he was recognised for his services to the community with a Medal of the Order of Australia. I pass on our community's condolences and gratitude to his wife, Dorothy, John's children, Louise and Stuart, and his three grandchildren.

Vale, John Morris.