The Hon. John Brown was the Member for Parramatta in the Federal House of Representatives for 13 years from 1977, and held various ministerial portfolios including Arts, Sports, Environment and Territories.
In 1986, he was named Australian of the Year by The Australian newspaper and he was the founding Chairman of the Tourism Task Force (now the Tourism and Transport Forum). John is the Founder and Patron of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation. He was a long-term member of the Centennial Institute Board of Governors at Prince Alfred Hospital.
John’s commitment to sport resulted in numerous honours. He received the Olympic Silver Order of Merit for his contribution to the Australian Olympic Movement and was appointed as an International Honoree of the US Academy of Sport. In 1993 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to Sport, Tourism and the Australian Parliament.
John continues to work for things he believes in. He established the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation (formerly the John Brown Foundation), which awarded hundreds of scholarships to talented but impecunious young Australians in both sport and tourism. A member of the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Committee, John was also a founding Director of the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG). He has held positions including Director of Macquarie Tourism and Leisure, Director of Canterbury Bankstown Leagues Club and consultant to Service Corporation International Australia.