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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 118

Senator JESSOP(10.31) —I rise on the adjournment to record the death of a friend of mine, Mr Ernest Marty, who died this morning after a very short illness. Ernest Marty had been a lobbyist here in Canberra for about 27 years. He was a quiet, persistent lobbyist who pursued the interests of his many clients and he represented them faithfully during that long period. During the latter years of his service in this respect he was joined by his wife, Judy, and the work that they have done has been most helpful to me, to many other senators and to Federal members of parliament, in understanding the points of view of people in the community about pieces of legislation that affect their particular interests.

Hardly a week has passed during the parliamentary sessions when Marty, as he was affectionately known to many of us, has not been in Canberra. I first met him in 1971 when he discussed the problems of the wine industry with me and, as a result of this meeting, the Senate referred the problems of the wine and grape growing industry to the appropriate Senate committee which, at that time, was chaired by Senator Sheil. This proved to be a most useful exercise for the industry because the report of that Committee focused attention very clearly on the difficulties being faced by the wine and grape growing industries in Australia.

In the past Ernest Marty also took a close interest in the plant variety rights matter and legislation covering that subject will be dealt with in the Senate very shortly. His help to many members of parliament during the process of evaluating that particular Bill has been much appreciated. Ernest and Judy Marty have also been most interested in the coal industry and in recent times have been of tremendous assistance to that important industry in directing the attention of members of parliament and senators to the concerns that coal miners in Australia have faced. In fact, I intended visiting Ernest Marty next week in order to talk to him because I believe he would have valued that continued contact in spite of his serious illness. However, that was not to be.

It seems a stroke of fate that he should have died today, on the first sitting day of the autumn session of Parliament. Over the years I recall that he has always been present on this particular day. Those honourable senators who know him-and I am sure most do-will recall that he was in Canberra during the last week of sitting in 1986. I believe that he will be sadly missed by members of parliament who have come to regard him as a very close friend and a very useful and helpful person, especially to the various industries that he has represented. I just wanted to record my appreciation of his friendship and help over a long period and extend the deepest sympathy of my wife and me to his wife Judy and his family.

Senator Kilgariff —And the sympathy of all senators.

Senator JESSOP —Of all senators who knew him, as my colleague says.