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Who’s Left – The Surviving Members Of Every House Of Representatives Since 1949

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Detailed information on the surviving members of the House of Representatives since 1949 is now available on this site. They include the members’ seats, parties, terms, dates of birth, ages and deaths.

All members of parliament who served in the first 18 parliaments from 1901 until the end of 1949 are now deceased.

There are two surviving members of the 19th Parliament that was elected on December 10, 1949. Both “forty-niners” are in their late 90s. One, Henry Pearce, will turn 100 in September this year.

Just four members of the House during the 1950s are still living.

For the entire Menzies era (1949-1972), there are 29 surviving members. All but four of them served together in the 27th Parliament between 1969 and 1972.

The table below provides a summary of how many members have served in the 19th to 45th parliaments. It shows how many are still living and what parties they belong to. There are links to more detailed information on each parliament since 1972.

Note: The data is structured around the parliaments since 1949. The numbers cannot be aggregated. Most surviving members served in more than one parliament.

Disclaimer: I am confident that the data shown here is correct. However, I rely on media reports and announcements in parliament for information on deaths of former members. I sincerely hope I haven’t killed or resurrected anyone. I am happy to receive corrections from readers.

House of Representatives – Members Still Living Since 1949
(Listed by Parliament No. and Years)
No. Years Size Members
Still
Living
% Oldest Surviving
Member
ALP Lib CP/
Nat
Oth
19th
1949-1951
121
2
1.65
Henry Pearce (99)
2
20th
1951-1954
131
2
1.52
Henry Pearce (99)
2
21st
1954-1955
122
1
0.81
Henry Pearce (99)
1
22nd
1955-1958
127
3
2.36
Henry Pearce (99)
2
1
23rd
1958-1961
128
3
2.34
Henry Pearce (99)
2
1
24th
1961-1963
125
5
4.00
Jim Forbes (93)
2
1
2
25th
1963-1966
129
9
6.97
Wylie Gibbs (94)
2
4
3
26th
1966-1969
130
17
13.07
Mervyn Lee (96)
5
9
3
27th
1969-1972
128
24
18.75
Doug Everingham (93)
11
9
4
28th
1972-1974
126
33
26.19
Doug Everingham (93)
17
10
6
29th
1974-1975
128
44
34.37
Doug Everingham (93)
18
17
9
30th
1975-1977
128
57
44.53
Clarrie Millar (91)
10
36
11
31st
1977-1980
126
66
52.38
Doug Everingham (93)
18
38
11
32nd
1980-1983
131
81
61.83
Doug Everingham (93)
33
35
13
33rd
1983-1984
131
90
68.70
Doug Everingham (93)
57
21
12
34th
1984-1987
149
111
74.49
Clarrie Millar (91)
64
31
16
35th
1987-1990
153
122
79.73
Clarrie Millar (91)
74
33
15
36th
1990-1993
150
131
87.33
Steele Hall (88)
72
44
13
37th
1993-1996
155
137
88.38
Steele Hall (88)
75
44
16
38th
1996-1998
150
139
92.66
Ian Sinclair (87)
49
69
18
39th
1998-2001
152
145
95.39
Garry Nehl (83)
68
61
16
40th
2001-2004
151
146
96.68
Frank Mossfield (81)
65
65
13
3
41st
2004-2007
151
147
97.35
Wilson Tuckey (81)
61
72
12
2
42nd
2007-2010
155
153
98.70
Wilson Tuckey (81)
83
56
11
3
43rd
2010-2013
150
148
98.66
Bronywyn Bishop (74)
72
59
12
5
44th
2013-2016
153
152
99.34
Bronwyn Bishop (74)
56
76
15
5
45th
2016-
150
150
100
Warren Snowdon (67)
69
60
16
5

 


Federal Election Results 1901-2014

This is a research paper from the Parliamentary Library with statistics on Australian Federal Elections since 1901.

The paper is part of the Research Paper Series 2014-15 and was written by Stephen Barber and Sue Johnson of the Statistics and Mapping Section of the Parliamentary Library.

The paper is shown under the terms of its Creative Commons licence.

It does not contains result of individual seats, but includes aggregate and state-by-state statistics for both Houses on primary votes, two-party-preferred votes, voter turnout, informal votes. It provides state-of-the-party tables for each House and Senate election since 1901. [Read more…]


Liberal Party Climate Change Policy: 1990 vs 2007

This is a leaflet produced during the 2007 Federal Election campaign, attacking the Liberal Party’s climate change policy.

The leaflet compares the party’s policy in the 1990 election when Andrew Peacock was leader with the policy under Prime Minister John Howard in 2007.

In 1990, Peacock’s Shadow Minister for the Environment and the Arts was Senator Chris Puplick, a prominent moderate in the party.

In 2007, Howard’s Minister for Environment and Water Resources was Malcolm Turnbull, also a prominent moderate. [Read more…]


The Opposition Leader As A Factor Influencing Voting Behaviour

Australia’s parliamentary elections are increasingly focused around perceptions and packaging of the leaders of the various parties.

The election of Senator Natasha Stott Despoja as the leader of the Australian Democrats in 2001 was an indication of the importance political parties place on leadership as a determinant of the voting patterns of electors.

Prime Minister John Howard’s attacks on Kim Beazley’s supposed lack of “ticker” in the 1998 election was another indication that Opposition leadership can be a factor in elections. [Read more…]


Enrolment Statistics State-By-State 1984-98

These are the statistics showing electoral enrolments at the Close of Rolls in each Federal election between 1984 and 1998.

The Close of Roll figures are calculated following the processing of all enrolment cards received by the date and time specified in the writ as the close of rolls.

Enrolment At Close of Rolls 1984-98
State 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998
NSW
3 424 032
3 555 060
3 607 349
3 793 616
3 926 293
4 031 749
VIC
2 614 383
2 698 034
2 766 263
2 925 654
2 954 596
3 056 887
QLD
1 555 600
1 707 161
1 795 406
1 970 226
2 082 451
2 177 556
WA
859 623
906 677
978 147
1 035 381
1 077 647
1 140 845
SA
906 278
942 880
936 686
1 014 648
989 885
1 006 398
TAS
290 028
300 763
307 846
327 879
325 750
329 751
ACT
150 416
162 717
169 531
190 458
200 828
208 684
NT
68 857
79 921
78 647
91 105
97 740
104 755
AUS
9 869 217
10 353 213
10 666 875
11 348 967
11 655 190
12 056 625

Source: Australian Electoral Commission Publications.



Federal Election Pendulum – 1991

This is the federal election pendulum, based on the results of the 1990 federal election.

It was published in September 1991, two months after Paul Keating resigned as Treasurer and unsuccessfully challenged Bob Hawke’s leadership. Keating would go on to defeat Hawke in December 1991 and lead Labor to victory at the March 1993 election. [Read more…]


Governor-General Bill Hayden Opens The 36th Parliament

This is the speech by Governor-General Bill Hayden opening the 36th Parliament following the 1990 federal election.

It was Hayden’s first opening of parliament since his appointment as Governor-General in 1989. Previously, Hayden was Foreign Minister in the Hawke Labor government (1983-88). He was Minister for Social Security and Treasurer in the Whitlam Labor government (1972-75).

  • Listen to Hayden

Hansard transcript of Governor-General Bill Hayden’s speech opening Parliament.

His Excellency the Governor-General entered the chamber and, being seated, with the President on his right hand, commanded that a message be sent to the House of Representatives intimating that His Excellency desired the attendance of honourable members in the Senate chamber forthwith, who having come with their Speaker, His Excellency was pleased to deliver the following speech: [Read more…]


1990 Federal Election: Two-Party-Preferred Statistics

The 1990 Federal Election joins a select list of federal elections where the party or parties that won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote failed to win the election.

The other elections were 1998, 1969, 1961 and 1954.

The Hawke Labor government was elected with 49.90% of the two-party-preferred vote. It secured 78 of the 148 seats (52.70%) in the House of Representatives. Thus, its exaggerated majority is 2.8%.

The ALP secured a majority of the two-party vote in two States (NSW & Queensland) and both Territories. There was an overall swing against the ALP of 0.9%.

Two-Party-Preferred Statistics 1990
House of Representatives – Summary
State ALP Votes ALP % L/NP Votes L/NP % Total Votes Exhausted Votes
New South Wales 1,744,666
52.13
1,601,846
47.87
3,346,512 8,159
Victoria 1,216,633
47.46
1,347,048
52.54
2,563,681 3,449
Queensland 837,508
50.19
831,015
49.81
1,668,523 3,074
Western Australia 420,816
47.13
472,092
52.87
892,908 1,791
South Australia 441,659
49.50
450,503
50.50
892,162 1,592
Tasmania 138,556
47.90
150,709
52.10
289,265 239
Australian Capital Territory 93,498
58.54
66,206
41.46
159,704 358
Northern Territory 37,498
55.02
30,650
44.98
68,148 109
Australia 4,930,834
49.90
4,950,069
50.10
9,880,903 18,771

 

Source: Australian Electoral Commission publications

 


Bob Hogg: 1990 Federal Election Analysis

Bob Hogg, National Secretary of the ALP, has addressed the National Press Club on the outcome of the 1990 Federal Election.

The complete audio of Hogg’s speech and answers to questions is available here. The transcript only covers the questions.

  • Listen to Bob Hogg

This is a transcript of the question and answer session following Bob Hogg’s National Press Club Address.

AMANDA BUCKLEY (Daily Telegraph): Mr Hogg, I want to ask you about the heavy cost of TV election ads. You were trying to get them knocked off before the election, and I’m wondering in retrospect, whether you’re glad you failed, considering you think that they were pretty effective. Will you be trying again before the next election, and how much did they end up costing you, overall? [Read more…]


ABC Radio 1990 Election Night Broadcast

As is its regular practice, the ABC broadcast live and continuous coverage of election counting on March 24, 1990.

The broadcast was hosted by John Highfield. Also appearing were Paul Murphy and the South Australian academic, Dean Jaensch. [Read more…]