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Wednesday, 18 February 1987
Page: 299

Mr LAMB(7.01) —I wish to record the death of a friend of mine and a most professional gentleman, Ernest Marty, who died yesterday after a very short and unexpected illness. I realise that raising such a matter in an adjournment debate is quite unusual but I wish to add my respects to those of senators who did so last night in another place.

Ernest was a lobbyist here for some 27 years-longer than all but a very few of us have been here. He was well known to all members and officials in this building. Ernest was a lobbyist with a difference. Whilst professional, he was quiet and reliable, representing his clients with information and argument rather than with threats or badgering. He never sought to misrepresent. I first got to know him back in the Whitlam years when I was the member for La Trobe. He not only approached me on various issues but also became a friend. He and his wife Judy taught me a lot about the coal and wine industries, particularly the wine industry. They visited my family in Melbourne and stayed at our home-not an invitation usually handed out to lobbyists. Such was his friendly manner. I doubt whether he ever voted for this side of the House, but he did encourage those he believed in, whatever side they were on. He often told me during my nine years absence from this Parliament not to give in, and he kept in contact even though I would have been of very little use to him in his lobbying at that time. He was one of the first to congratulate me on my re-election.

In recent years he and Judy greatly assisted me in setting up the Labor Caucus wine evenings, selling the industry's interests to us while we were educated by the visiting wine makers on the delightful side of the industry. It is a credit to him that the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin) often attended those evenings. Several Caucus colleagues who attended those wine evenings have asked me to join them in this tribute. They will miss him greatly. I am pleased that his wife Judy has decided to carry on the 26-year tradition, and she can be assured of a continuing welcome from members of this chamber. My condolences go to Judy on the loss of her husband, and to his five children. I thank Judy for the opportunity she has given to my wife Belinda to conduct the funeral service tomorrow. Parliamentary duties prevent members attending the funeral, and this is one small way we can acknowledge his friendship over the years.