Brian Harradine dies aged 79

Former Tasmanian independent senator Brian Harradine has died at home after a long illness.

He was 79.

Mr Harradine was Australia's longest-serving independent member of the Australian senate, who served between 1975 and 2005.

A spokesman for the Harradine family said in a public career spanning more than 40 years, Mr Harradine tackled a wide range of issues of importance to people across the political spectrum.

``Brian Harradine was a great politician of the old school who connected with people from all walks of life,'' the spokesman said.

``People saw in Brian a man of integrity who respected the dignity and worth of every person.''

Mr Harradine's first wife, Barbara, passed away in 1980. The couple had six children. 

In 1982, he married Marian, a widow with seven children.

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