Labor Senator Alex Gallacher dies after battle with lung cancer

South Australian Labor senator Alex Gallacher has died, a year after he took leave because he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

As a mark of respect, the Senate will be adjourned until tomorrow.

"We in Labor are very proud of Alex," Labor leader Anthony Albanese said in parliament this afternoon, when it was announced Mr Gallacher had died yesterday, aged 67.

Labor senator Alex Gallacher died yesterday. He had taken leave after being diagnosed with cancer in July last year.

"He was a conscientious, no-nonsense man.

"He dedicated his life to the interests of working people both as a trade unionist and as a senator."

Mr Gallacher had represented South Australia in the Senate since 2010.

He was born in Scotland in 1954, and came to Australia 12 years later with his parents.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Mr Gallacher a "servant of Australia … who loved his adopted country (and) who loved the party he served."

More to come.

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