Politicians, past and present have paid tribute to former Governor-General, Sir Zelman Cowen as a man who healed the damaged office of the Governor General. His family has also spoken of their much loved father and grandfather who died in Melbourne, aged 92. This report was broadcast on the national TV network, Channel 10 on its evening news on 8 December, 2011.
I recall several occasions when I met Sir Zelman. He was always charming and courteous, giving wise counsel on the issues I raised. I saw him a few years after he supported the yes case in 1999; we both refrained from mentioning that. He was his charming self.