Justin Madden

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Justin Madden

Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Essendon
In office
27 November 2010 – 29 November 2014
Preceded byJudy Maddigan
Succeeded byDanny Pearson
Minister for Planning
In office
1 December 2006 – 2 December 2010
Preceded byRob Hulls
Succeeded byMatthew Guy
Minister for Sport, Recreation and Commonwealth Games
In office
October 1999 – December 2006
Personal details
Born (1961-05-31) 31 May 1961 (age 58)
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materAustralian Catholic University (DipT)
RMIT University (BArch)
ProfessionTeacher, Architect, Sportsman

Justin Mark Madden AM (born 31 May 1961) is an Australian politician and former Australian rules footballer. He rose to prominence as a highly successful player with the Carlton Football Club, after an early stint with Essendon. He entered politics after retiring in 1997 from AFL. He has held seven Ministerial portfolios since the Victorian Labor Party took government at the 1999 election. Madden was Minister for Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning from 1999–2002, Minister for Sport and Recreation from October 1999 to December 2006, Minister for Commonwealth Games from February 2002 to December 2006, Minister for Planning from 2006 - December 2010 and Minister for the Respect Agenda from January 2010 to December of the same year. Madden retired from politics in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Madden was born in Melbourne, he attended Primary School at St Christopher's in Airport West and had his secondary schooling at St. Bernard's College in Essendon, a school renowned for its sporting prowess. He then studied teaching at the Institute of Catholic Education[citation needed] (now the Australian Catholic University). Madden was still at college when he made his VFL senior debut in 1980 with the Essendon Football Club, where his older brother Simon was an established player. He graduated from college the following year and, in 1982, set about juggling the twin demands of teaching and football careers. In 1980 and 1981, Madden played 45 games for Essendon, but was concerned that he was not getting enough playing time, and transferred to Carlton part way through the 1983 VFL season.[1]

AFL career[edit]

Justin Madden
Personal information
Original team(s) Airport West
Height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 107 kg (236 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980–1982 Essendon 045 0(20)
1983–1996 Carlton 287 (170)
Total 332 (190)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Madden was 206 cm (6' 9") tall, and one of the tallest men ever to play Australian Rules football, and his potential in this area was fully utilized by Carlton, who used him as their main ruckman. Over the next fifteen seasons, Madden became a mainstay of the Carlton side, and one of the most recognizable players in the league, playing 287 games for the club. He was a member of their 1987 and 1995 premiership teams, and came within one vote of tying with Brad Hardie for the 1985 Brownlow Medal when he polled three votes in five consecutive games.

Madden retired from teaching in 1988, and in 1990, became President of the AFL Players Association, (taking over the role from his older brother Simon) while still playing for Carlton and at the peak of his career. In his seven-year tenure, which continued until his retirement, he oversaw the increasing professionalism of the game with the first players' collective bargaining agreement,[2] and the expansion of the association to the point where it represented almost every eligible player in the entire league. Despite the increasing demands of AFL football, where most players were becoming professional players, Madden studied at RMIT University to become an architect. After graduating, he worked in this field while continuing to play football.[3]

Political career[edit]

After retiring from football in 1997,[4] 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:[5] 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.[6]

In the 2010 Victoria state election he moved from the Legislative Council and was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Essendon.[7]

On 15 November 2013, Madden announced his intention to retire from politics at the next state election.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Round 7, 1983: Blueseum.com.
  2. ^ Tony de Bolfo (1997), "Harry hangs 'em up", Inside Carlton - 1997 Yearbook, p. 21
  3. ^ Flanagan, Martin (6 September 1996). "Sky scraper". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Blake, Martin (16 July 1997). "Blue stalwart finally gets tap on shoulder". The Age.
  5. ^ Government email reveals to deceive, ABC News, 25 February 2010
  6. ^ Mr Madden said he would not resign.
  7. ^ Millar, Royce (18 June 2009). "Madden: I want to lead Labor".
  8. ^ "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.

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