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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3270..


MR PRATT (continuing):

also a senior figure in the Woden RSL. He was born in 1928. He joined the Merchant Navy in the UK immediately after World War II. He served for something like 23 years in the Merchant Navy. He then came to Australia and spent some 12 years in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve. He had a wide range of interests. He was a broad and quite versatile reader. He was a man with a lot of information.

I also knew him through the Liberal Party. I met him only a couple of times because I did not know very much about his background at all. But I do recall, about two years ago, when he was still then an active member of Long Gully branch, having some quite interesting, quite deep and meaningful conversations with him about international affairs. He was deeply interested, well briefed and well educated in those areas.

Paradoxically, for a time he joined the Australian Army not too many years ago and transferred, as a civilian, to the Joint Intelligence Organisation. He saw out his professional career in that particular discipline. He had a wide range of experiences.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Sarah Jane; and son, Jonathon. His funeral was at the Norwood Park Chapel on Tuesday. He was cremated there. Jason Power, his son-in-law, gave a very moving family eulogy. The ceremony was broadly attended. The Royal Navy Association also spoke warmly of his passing, as did the Woden RSL.

He was a man who was widely regarded and well regarded. He was a loving husband. There were quite humorous stories about the way that he nurtured and shepherded his family. According to his wife, he was never known to be angry for one day of his entire life. That is a hell of an achievement.

There goes Jack Marshall, a man who should be well regarded and well remembered. I just put that on the record.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.19 pm.


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