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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 27

Senator NEWMAN —I wish to join the previous speakers in expressing my condolences for former Senator the Hon. John Marriott. Previous speakers have already listed his many achievements, and I do not wish to speak for long. I do however wish to extend my sympathy to his widow, to his daughter and son-in-law, to his brother, Fred, and also to his grandson and granddaughter who contributed so much to the special quality of the memorial service in St David's Cathedral.

  I first met John Marriott when I went to live in Hobart in 1973. I think he was one of nature's gentlemen. He was deserving of the honours which have been given him today because he gave a lifetime of service. He served his country as a soldier on active service in war, and I can think of no greater service anyone can do for one's nation. He served the Liberal Party organisation in the early years of its foundation—and we are this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. That was a noble purpose which endures today. He served the people of Tasmania as a senator, and other senators have elaborated on the many areas of interest which he pursued.

  He also served the widows and children of servicemen who died serving our country. It is not widely known that Legacy was actually founded in Tasmania. John Marriott joined Legacy in 1946 and remained a very active member, as others have mentioned already. He would go home from Canberra after a busy week, roll up his sleeves—I think the bishop was talking about this at his memorial service—and go out to chop the wood and give other practical help to families of soldiers, sailors and airmen. Finally, he served his God, and he served his church, throughout a long and dedicated life. His was a life of which his family and his nation can be proud. I honour his memory.

  Question resolved in the affirmative, honourable senators standing in their places.