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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 23


Senator HARRADINE —Not many people attend the funeral service of an 81-year-old out of obligation. The funeral service for the late John Marriott, who was 81, held last month in St David's Cathedral was attended by a very large crowd. All were there out of respect, mateship and love. St David's Cathedral heard a very fine eulogy given by the Bishop of Tasmania, Phillip Newell. Amongst other things, he mentioned the service that John Marriott gave to the Anglican church and to the people of God.

  John Marriott was a fine Christian, and that has been indicated here today. One of the previous speakers—I think it was Senator Hill—adverted to a speech that John Marriott gave about drug abuse and the need for a caring and Christian approach to those who have fallen into that practice. Whilst condemning the evil, he was always ready to show support and affection for and give guidance to those who were in the grip of that evil. The fact that there were so many people packed into that cathedral to bid farewell to an 81-year-old man, an ex-politician, really says something for that person.

  John Marriott's service to the community did not end when he left parliament. On the contrary, it seemed to enlarge and expand into a whole range of areas in which he was interested. Mention has been made of Legacy. This was very dear to John Marriott's heart. He was a great legatee; a very great supporter of Legacy. I noted that the family suggested that, in lieu of floral tributes, donations could be made to Legacy.

  I do not think it has been stated but I remember John Marriott as being a very keen member and supporter of the Australian American Association. He was a member of the Australia Day Council. Mention has been made of the regatta association. Not long after being elected to the Senate—I had been in the trade union movement—I received an invitation to the Sandy Bay Regatta Association. Obviously, I had gone up a lot in the world to get an invitation to the Sandy Bay Regatta Association! I was very honoured to receive that invitation—it is a great regatta. As one of the plebs, I had taken the kids around to all the sideshows and various other activities of the Sandy Bay regatta, but I had never entered the inner sanctum. It was not until some time afterwards that I realised that the idea of inviting me came from John Marriott, and I very much appreciated that. It again showed John Marriott's egalitarian approach.

  I was a mate of John Marriott. He was a great fellow—he enjoyed a joke and told a few good yarns as well. I certainly will miss him but, of course, nowhere near as much as many of the other people who knew him better than I. In particular his family will certainly miss him. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, his daughter Patricia, her husband David Bramall and their children Eliza and Robert and, of course, brother Fred. So I would like to associate myself with this condolence motion.