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Henderson's tribute

A dear friend

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson says she is not ready to say more about the death of a close gay friend until she has spoken to his family.

During debate in Federal Parliament on same-sex legislation she became emotional as she told the House how her dear friend John Parker wanted to see the bill pass.

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"In one of the last conversations I had with him he just said to me, Hendo, just bloody well get on with it OK? And I say to JP my dear beloved friend who I miss so dearly, JP, that's what we are doing.

She told Parliament, his death was horrific.

"I'm sorry I'm crying, but his loss has been terrible. He was a dear friend. From the age of 12, one of my closest friends.

Ms Henderson announced her support for same-sex marriage two years ago.