Ron Palmer is a local and Labor legend who will turn 90 this year. He has been celebrated by the Labor Party locally for his achievements not just for the Labor Party but also for the local Footscray area. Ron is commonly known as Mr Footscray. There is not a community group in Footscray that Ron Palmer has not been involved in, whether it be starting a breakfast club at Gilmore College for Girls, the West Footscray Rotary Club or the Footscray RSL — you name it, Ron has been there. Ron started carols by candlelight at Yarraville and was the president of the Footscray Historical Society. There is nothing in Footscray that does not have Ron’s mark on it. He is an incredible and unique human being, and to members of the Labor Party he is an icon.
Ron has been involved in running campaigns for federal MPs, including Ralph Willis and Nicola Roxon, and he was involved in my initial campaigns. He is ageing now, but he is a man we will always respect and honour. Ron is a unique human being because for all that he has done for the people of Footscray in whatever community activity he has taken on, he has never asked for anything. He is a man who has truly gone out to support his community and to give its members all they need when times have been pretty tough. He is a long-time and loyal supporter of the Western Bulldogs. He is Footscray to the bootstraps.