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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 124


Senator MICHAEL BAUME(11.11) —I would like to add to the comments made earlier today by my leader, Senator Chaney, and by Senator Jessop and Senator Townley about the death of our friend-certainly my friend-Ernest Marty. Ernest was aged 59, having been born in 1927. He was Czech born and American educated in Iran. He was a journalist in Pakistan on partition in 1948 at around the age of 20 or 21 years and he arrived in Australia in 1950. He worked in journalism and public relations until the early 1960s when he began what became an outstanding career in governmental and parliamentary relations or, in popular terms, lobbying. As a Sydney resident his Canberra visits, which earlier speakers spoke of, over these 26 to 27 years gave him the opportunity to indulge in his passion for flying. He became a top pilot who was very proud of his achievement of being instrument rated and so being able to commute in his own plane in all weather between Sydney and Canberra in particular.

Ernest Marty was known and highly regarded by people on all sides of this Parliament because he never sought to mislead or to damage. He always looked for the positives and presented the cases that he had to present on behalf of clients in the most honest, direct and straightforward way. I have known Ernest and his wife. His wife, Judy Marty, was also his business partner and they had been in partnership for 17 years. I have known them for most of those years, particularly through our shared interest in coal, wine and mutual friends. My family and I have often enjoyed his hospitality both at his North Sydney home and his north coast retreat where he also enjoyed practising his skills as a small boat sailor. I understand that Judy Marty is determined to carry on his work and will be in Canberra maintaining his 26-year tradition. My condolences go to Judy on the loss of her husband and partner and also to his five children.