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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
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Senator GARETH EVANS (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave—I move:

  That the Senate expresses its deep regret at the death, on Wednesday 13 April 1994, of the Honourable John Edward Marriott CBE, former Senator for the State of Tasmania from 1953 to 1975, Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister for Health during 1971 and 1972, places on record its appreciation of his long and meritorious public service and tenders its profound sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

John Marriott was born in 1913 at Elliott, Tasmania, and was educated at Launceston Grammar School and Hutchins School in Hobart. From 1940 to 1945 he was a member of the Australian Imperial Force. He served with the Australian Corps of Signals in the Middle East and New Guinea, attaining the rank of captain. After the war John Marriott became a member of the staff of the Tasmanian division of the Liberal Party, then in 1949 he took up the post of secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the Tasmanian House of Assembly.

  In 1953 John Marriott was chosen by his state to fill a vacancy in the Senate. When he came to this place, he not only filled the vacancy but also carried on a strong family tradition of political service, both his father and his brother having held Tasmanian seats at various times since 1922. In mid-1953 he was elected in his own right and was successful at four subsequent elections.

  In September 1971 John Marriott was appointed Assistant Minister to the then Minister for Health, Sir Kenneth Anderson. This followed his two-year membership of the Senate Select Committee on Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse. He strongly supported the control of drug and alcohol advertising and the promotion of drug awareness. Other committee service included his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Publications and the Joint Committee on the ACT. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Select Committee on the Metric System of Weights and Measures and in 1973 he was appointed Temporary Chairman of Committees. They are merely a few highlights of John Marriott's very valuable contribution to the work of various committees in this place.

  Senator Marriott spent over 20 years of his life as a federal representative for his home state of Tasmania. He enjoyed the full support of his electors and by all accounts—although I did not know him personally—he served them very well in return. In 1976 John Marriott was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to politics. He was also an active member of the Anglican Church, often chairing synods in Tasmania. In 1982 he was named Hobart's Australia Day Citizen of the Year. Mr President, on behalf of the government I extend our sincere sympathy to John Marriott's wife Myra and daughter Patricia in their bereavement.