Justin Madden

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Justin Madden
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Essendon
In office
27 November 2010 29 November 2014
SeasonTeamNo.GamesTotalsAverages (per game) Votes
1980 Essendon 44512207275790.
1981 Essendon 4417269344137344360.
1982 Essendon 4423171117787264816310.
1983 Carlton 4410188661985341331.
1984 Carlton 4422391915553208863391.
1985 Carlton 44201262241053291352750.60.311.25.316.56.813.821
1986 Carlton 442498213913041284770.
1987 Carlton 4423201018411129599154150.
1988 Carlton 442212716510727212293800.
1989 Carlton 4419561687023890153270.
1990 Carlton 4419731659626178113460.
1991 Carlton 442243170149319109194190.
1992 Carlton 441431135591946551940.
1993 Carlton 442212517113931093223630.
1994 Carlton 442421816310526884193580.
1995 Carlton 4425541719526665143540.
1996 Carlton 4421331044214625142200.

Political career

After retiring from football in 1997, [5] Madden continued to work as an architect. The Essendon and Carlton Football Clubs agreed to name future contests between the two clubs the Madden Cup, in honour of both the Madden brothers. By this time, Madden was also a life member at Carlton.

Madden's nomination as a Labor candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Doutta Galla Province in the leadup to the 1999 state election came as a surprise to many. However, he attained pre-selection, and was subsequently elected. When Labor won a surprise victory at the election, Madden found himself appointed Minister for Sport and Recreation, despite having no prior political experience. This was in spite of rumours that he had specifically requested not to be given Sport and Recreation, but instead had asked to be made responsible for Education. He was initially given the additional portfolio of Youth Affairs, but this was replaced with the Commonwealth Games after the 2002 election.

In the wake of reforms to the Legislative Council which cut the number of members, Madden was initially placed in danger of losing his pre-selection, but was saved by intervention from Premier Steve Bracks. This initially saw him pre-selected for the Legislative Assembly seat of Bundoora, vacated by former minister Sherryl Garbutt. However, after the sudden retirement of another former minister, Mary Delahunty, in Northcote, another deal was arranged which saw Madden instead remain in a safe position on the Legislative Council ticket. At the 2006 Victoria State election he was elected to the Legislative Council as a member for the Western Metropolitan Region.

In December 2006, he became the state's Minister of Planning. In early 2007, Madden criticised Victorians for building too many large homes. This statement became controversial after it was discovered Madden himself had a sprawling home and had in fact applied to renovate and conduct a major extension onto his home, thus creating much discussion on outspoken journalist Neil Mitchell's talk-back radio program on 3AW. The Minister has since completed his extensions and defended his statements.

Madden was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Metropolis Congress in Sydney October 2008. Madden addressed world mayors and industry leaders on urban development and Metropolitan Performance Management.

On 25 February 2010 the ABC revealed an email mistakenly sent from Mr Madden's office containing a media strategy document. The document included strategy for dealing with a proposed development: [6] The document said the government would claim it consulted with the community on the plans to develop the Windsor hotel then block the proposal and say it did so because it listened to community views. [7]

In the 2010 Victoria state election, when the Labor party was defeated, he moved from the Legislative Council and was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Essendon. [8]

On 15 November 2013, Madden announced his intention to retire from politics at the next state election. [9]

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  2. Tony de Bolfo (1997), "Harry hangs 'em up", Inside Carlton - 1997 Yearbook, p. 21
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  6. Government email reveals to deceive, ABC News, 25 February 2010
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  9. "Labor MP Justin Madden announces intention to quit politics saying it's time to move on". ABC News. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.