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Mr Justice Barry Maddern

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RELEASE Member for BennelongShadow Minister for Industrial Relations & Manager of Opposition Business in the House IR 01/94


The death of Mr Justice Barry Maddern, the President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, has taken from the industrial relations scene a man of complete integrity who believed strongly in a fair system of industrial relations in Australia.

His untimely death at the relatively early age of 56 will be a matter of particular regret to his numerous friends and colleges in the industrial relations arena.

He endured a number of years of illness with considerable courage and strength.

In my personal dealings with him I found Barry Maddern forthright, highly intelligent and .Love all always concerned about the national interest. -

His appointment to the presidency of the then Conciliation and Arbitration Commission capped a meritorious industrial relations career.

Fair minded employers and employees alike respected the impartiality and sense of justice which he sought to bring to his work as President of the Commission.

The intense industrial relations debate of recent years placed particular strains on current institutions. Throughout the debate, Barry Maddern sought to discharge in a conscientious fashion the powers and obligations vested by Parliament in the

Industrial Relations Commission.

extend my sympathy and that of the Liberal and National Parties to his wife Janice and their two children.

Canberra 14/1/93