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The Whitlam Era (1972-75) – Full List Of Living Ex-MPs

The following table shows all the living former members of the House of Representatives between 1972 and 1975.

The election of the Whitlam Labor government on December 2, 1972 was a turning point in modern Australian political history. It ended 23 years of Liberal-Country Party rule, including 16 years with Sir Robert Menzies as prime minister. The 1972 election ushered in three years of political drama that saw considerable political and social reform and culminated in Gough Whitlam’s dismissal on November 11, 1975.

The two tables below show details of the thirty-seven former MPs from 1972-75 who are still living. Only 27 (21%) of 126 members elected to the 28th Parliament on are still alive. Of the 128 members elected to the 29th Parliament, there are 37 (29%) still living.

The oldest former member is the Liberal Party’s Tony Street, who is 93. The ALP’s oldest former member is Dr Moss Cass, 92. The oldest surviving National is Peter Nixon, 91. The youngest surviving member of this period is the ALP’s John Dawkins, who is 72. As of August 2019, there are 7 former members are in their 90s, 24 in their 80s and 6 in their 70s.

The most recent deaths have been:
– August 10, 2019: Dr Jim Forbes, Liberal (Barker-SA), 95
– December 09, 2018: Gordon Scholes, ALP (Corio-Vic), 87
– June 02, 2018: Joe Berinson, ALP (Perth-WA), 86
– December 18, 2017: Barry Cohen, ALP (Robertson-NSW), 82
– November 28, 2017: Clarrie Millar, Country (Wide Bay-Qld), 92
– August 31, 2017: John Bourchier, Liberal (Bendigo-Vic), 87
– August 24, 2017: Doug Everingham, AL, (Capricornia-Qld), 94
– March 23, 2017: Ian Robinson, Country (Cowper/Page-NSW), 91

The first table provides statistics on the former members. The second table lists each member by name. Members elected in 1972 are shown first. New members elected in 1974 are shaded. All data is correct as of December 09, 2018. Ages are updated automatically.

Whitlam Era MPs 1972-1975 – Former Members Still Living
Party 1972 Election Living % Living 1974 Election Living % Living
Australian Labor Party (ALP)
67
13
19%
66
14
21%
Coalition (Liberal-Country)
59
14
24%
62
23
37%
TOTAL
126
27
21%
128
37
29%
Liberal Party
39
8
21%
41
15
37%
Country Party / National Country Party
20
6
30%
21
8
38%

 

Whitlam Era MPs 1972-1975 – Former Members Still Living
No. Name Party Seat Term Began Term Ended Date of Birth Age
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY MEMBERS
1.
Moss Cass
ALP
Maribyrnong (Vic)
25.10.1969
04.02.1983
18 February 1927
92
2.
John Coates
ALP
Denison (Tas)
02.12.1972
13.12.1975
23 March 1944
75
3.
Manfred Cross
ALP
Brisbane (Qld)
09.12.1961
13.12.1975
12 August 1929
90
4.
Richard Gun
ALP
Kingston (SA)
25.10.1969
13.12.1975
27 May 1936
83
5.
Bill Hayden
ALP
Oxley (Qld)
09.12.1961
08.10.1988
23 January 1933
86
6.
Chris Hurford
ALP
Adelaide (SA)
25.10.1969
31.12.1987
30 July 1931
88
7.
Paul Keating
ALP
Blaxland (NSW)
25.10.1969
23.04.1996
18 January 1944
75
8.
John Kerin
ALP
Macarthur (NSW)
Werriwa (NSW)
02.12.1972
23.09.1978
13.12.1975
22.12.1993
21 November 1937
81
9.
Tony Lamb
ALP
La Trobe (Vic)
Streeton (Vic)
02.12.1972
01.12.1984
13.12.1975
24.03.1990
07 March 1939
80
10.
Race Mathews
ALP
Casey (Vic)
02.12.1972
13.12.1975
27 March 1935
84
11.
David McKenzie
ALP
Diamond Valley (Vic)
02.12.1972
13.12.1975
30 May 1933
86
12.
Peter Morris
ALP
Shortland (NSW)
02.12.1972
31.08.1998
29 July 1932
87
13.
Ralph Willis
ALP
Gellibrand (Vic)
02.12.1972
31.08.1998
14 April 1938
81
14.
John Dawkins
ALP
Tangney (WA)
Fremantle (WA)
18.05.1974
10.12.1977
13.12.1975
04.02.1994
02 March 1947
72
LIBERAL PARTY MEMBERS
1.
Don Cameron
Liberal
Griffith (Qld)
Fadden (Qld)
Moreton (Qld)
26.11.1966
10.12.1977
05.11.1983
10.12.1977
05.03.1983
24.03.1990
06 February 1940
79
2.
Marshall Cooke
Liberal
Petrie (Qld)
02.12.1972
11.04.1974
04 March 1938
81
3.
Victor Garland
Liberal
Curtin (WA)
19.04.1969
22.01.1981
05 May 1934
85
4.
Andrew Peacock
Liberal
Kooyong (Vic)
02.04.1966
19.11.1994
13 February 1939
80
5.
Philip Ruddock
Liberal
Parramatta (NSW)
Dundas (NSW)
Berowra (NSW)
22.09.1973
10.12.1977
13.03.1993
10.12.1977
13.03.1993
09.05.2016
12 March 1943
76
6.
Tony Staley
Liberal
Chisholm (Vic)
19.09.1970
19.09.1980
15 May 1939
80
7.
Tony Street
Liberal
Corangamite (Vic)
26.11.1966
18.01.1984
08 February 1926
93
8.
Ian Viner
Liberal
Stirling (WA)
02.12.1972
05.03.1983
21 January 1933
86
9.
Mel Bungey
Liberal
Canning (WA)
18.05.1974
05.03.1983
30 August 1934
85
10.
Alan Cadman
Liberal
Mitchell (NSW)
18.05.1974
17.10.2007
26 July 1937
82
11.
David Connolly
Liberal
Bradfield (NSW)
18.05.1974
29.01.1996
20 July 1939
80
12.
Robert Ellicott
Liberal
Wentworth (NSW)
18.05.1974
17.02.1981
15 April 1927
92
13.
John Hodges
Liberal
Petrie (Qld)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
05.03.1983
11.07.1987
03 October 1937
82
14.
John Howard
Liberal
Bennelong (NSW)
18.05.1974
24.11.2007
26 July 1939
80
15.
Ian MacPhee
Liberal
Balaclava (Vic)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
13 July 1938
81
COUNTRY PARTY / NATIONAL COUNTRY PARTY MEMBERS
1.
Doug Anthony
Country
Richmond (NSW)
14.09.1957
18.01.1984
31 December 1929
89
2.
Peter Fisher
Country
Mallee (Vic)
02.12.1972
08.02.1993
19 September 1936
83
3.
Bruce Lloyd
Country
Murray (Vic)
20.03.1971
29.01.1996
24 February 1937
82
4.
Tom McVeigh
Country
Darling Downs (Qld)
Groom (Qld)
02.12.1972
01.12.1984
01.12.1984
29.02.1988
07 May 1930
89
5.
Peter Nixon
Country
Gippsland (Vic)
09.12.1961
04.02.1983
22 March 1928
91
6.
Ian Sinclair
Country
New England (NSW)
30.11.1963
31.08.1998
10 June 1929
90
7.
Stephen Lusher
Country
Hume (NSW)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
18 October 1945
74
8.
John Sullivan
Country
Riverina (NSW)
18.05.1974
10.12.1977
07 February 1929
90

 

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