I report the sad passing of Robert Stone, a much-loved and respected member of the Australian Labor Party. Bob was a mainstay of the ALP in the inner west for as long as I can remember. Bob loved people and he loved the Labor Party. He served as the president of the Marrickville Central branch for over a decade and mentored and supported countless Labor activists, including teaching frost-bitten young Labor volunteers how to set up Marrickville Town Hall at four o'clock. on very cold, wintry election mornings. Bob was always a willing participant in policy debates and discussions about the future of our party and our movement. He thrived on hearing differing views. We didn't always agree, but Bob was a good listener. Bob rarely changed his mind, but always heard you out and was very respectful. When we argued with Bob you could tell two things: He loved the cut and thrust of politics and he loved being a part of his community. Vale Bob. You will be sorely missed.