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Maddigan, Judith (Judy) Marilyn (1948 - )

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Born
3 February 1948
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Parliamentarian and Librarian

Summary

On 25 February 2003 Judy Maddigan was elected the 32nd person, and first female, to hold the office of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in Victoria. She held this position until December 2006. The daughter of William Joseph and Bessie Irene (née Hurley) Todd, Judy was educated at Tintern Church of England Girls' Grammar School before entering the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Librarianship and a Masters of Librarianship and Information Services (Conservation and Archives). Prior to entering Parliament, Maddigan worked for the Commonwealth Public Service, was a Branch Services Librarian with the City of Maribyrnong and a Councillor with the City of Essendon. During this time she received the State 'Clean Air Award' by leading the campaign to ban incinerators in the City. Maddigan has a long history of involvement in local community groups including Women's Organisations, the Essendon Historical Society and the Friends of Essendon Library. During the 1990s she was involved with the 'Defend Public Libraries' campaign which was organised to protect public libraries from the effects of compulsory competitive tending and amalgamations. An unsuccessful candidate for the Australian Labor Party at the 1992 state election, Maddigan was elected as a Member of Victorian Parliament to represent the Electoral District of Essendon in the Legislative Assembly in March 1996 and was re-elected in 1999, 2002 and 2006. She retired at the November 2010 election.

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Events

1970 - 1976
Employed with the Commonwealth Public Service
1983 - 1986
Librarian with Moonee Valley Regional Library
1985 - 1991
Councillor with the City of Essendon
1987 - 1989
Librarian with the Catholic Regional College Sydenham
1990 - 1995
Branch Services Librarian with the City of Maribyrnong
1996 -
Elected Member Legislative Assembly (ALP) for Essendon, Victoria
1996 - 1999
Member of the Parliamentary Library Committee
1996 - 1999
Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts
1996 - 1999
Member of the Parliamentary Environment and Natural Resources Committee
1999
Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Planning
1999
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Orders Committee
1999 - 2003
Member of the Parliamentary Public Accounts and Estimates Committee
1999 - 2003
Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees for the Legislative Assemby
2001
Chairperson of the Portrayal of Women in Outdoor Advertising Committee
2002
Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Libraries
25 February 2003
Elected first female Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Victoria)

Sources used to compile this entry: Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2002, 2020 pp; http://home.vicnet.net.au/~maddigan/ accessed 2004-06-10, http://www.vic.alp.org.au/people/people.html?seat=essendon accessed 2004-06-10, http://www.women.vic.gov.au/owa/owaimages.nsf/Images/CoFHR/$File/CoFHR.pdf accessed 2004-06-10 and http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/speaker/about.htm accessed 2004-06-10 http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/details/129-maddigan-judith-judy-marilyn [accessed 2016-05-03].

Anne Heywood

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