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Forgive and Abetz. Tasmanian Liberal Senator and world's oldest 59-year-old Eric Abetz has been one of the most prominent voices for failed opposition to political campaign in recent months. He railed against Victoria's voluntary assisted-dying legislation, and was a leading No campaigner during the marriage equality debate, only to see both succeed over his protestations; following the Yes vote, Dean Smith's marriage equality  bill swanned through the Senate unamended, and the VAD, though it suffered a more torrid time, got through the Victorian Parliament. It's almost as though the point of view he represents isn't all that relevant any more. And it appears his library has come to reflect that: about the address press yesterday, he set down an appropriately titled book, which Eagle-eyed Fairfax snapper Alex Ellinghausen spotted. It was a collection of (what else) "Puritan devotional readings" called Voices from the Past.