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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 twenty-six former MPs from 1972-75 who are still living. There are 9 men from the ALP, 10 from the Liberal Party and 7 from the Country Party. Only 17 (13.49%) of 126 members elected to the 28th Parliament in 1972 are still alive. Of the 128 members elected to the 29th Parliament, there are 26 (20.31%) still living.

The oldest former member is the Country Party’s Peter Nixon, who is 96. The National Country Party’s second oldest living member is Ian Sinclair, 94. The ALP’s oldest former member is Peter Morris, 91. The Liberal Party’s oldest surviving member is Ian Viner, 91. The youngest surviving member of this period is the ALP’s John Dawkins, who is 77.

As of February 10, 2024, there are 3 former members aged in their 70s, 16 in their 80s and 7 in their 90s.

Recent Deaths

The most recent deaths of members elected in 1972 and 1974 have been:
– Jan 30, 2024: Manfred Cross, ALP (Brisbane-Qld), 94
– Oct 21, 2023: Bill Hayden, ALP (Oxley-Qld), 90
– May 05, 2023: Tony Staley, Liberal (Chisholm-Vic), 83
– Mar 29, 2023: John Kerin, ALP (Macarthur-NSW), 85
– Oct 31, 2022: Bob Ellicott, Liberal (Wentworth-NSW), 95
– Oct 25, 2022: Tony Street, Liberal (Corangamite-Vic), 96
– Jun 17, 2022: John Mountford, ALP (Banks-NSW), 88
– Feb 26, 2022: Dr Moss Cass, ALP (Maribyrnong-Vic), 95
– Jan 01, 2022: Vic Garland, Liberal (Curtin-WA), 87
– Apr 16, 2021: Andrew Peacock, Liberal (Kooyong-Vic), 82
– Dec 20, 2020: Doug Anthony, Country (Richmond-NSW), 90
– Nov 15, 2020: Chris Hurford, ALP (Adelaide-SA), 89
– Aug 10, 2019: Dr Jim Forbes, Liberal (Barker-SA), 95
– Dec 09, 2018: Gordon Scholes, ALP (Corio-Vic), 87
– Jun 02, 2018: Joe Berinson, ALP (Perth-WA), 86
– Dec 18, 2017: Barry Cohen, ALP (Robertson-NSW), 82
– Nov 28, 2017: Clarrie Millar, Country (Wide Bay-Qld), 92
– Aug 31, 2017: John Bourchier, Liberal (Bendigo-Vic), 87
– Aug 24, 2017: Doug Everingham, ALP (Capricornia-Qld), 94
– Mar 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
8
12%
66
9
14%
Coalition (Liberal-Country)
59
9
15%
62
17
27%
TOTAL
126
17
13%
128
26
20%
Liberal Party
39
4
10%
41
10
24%
Country Party / National Country Party
20
5
25%
21
7
33%

 

Whitlam Era MPs 1972-1975 – Former Members Still Living (26)
No. Name Party Seat Term Began Term Ended Date of Birth Age
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY MEMBERS (9)
1.
John Coates
ALP
Denison (Tas)
Senate (Tas)
02.12.1972
01.07.1981
13.12.1975
20.08.1996
23 March 1944
80
2.
Richard Gun
ALP
Kingston (SA)
25.10.1969
13.12.1975
27 May 1936
87
3.
Paul Keating
ALP
Blaxland (NSW)
25.10.1969
23.04.1996
18 January 1944
80
4.
Tony Lamb
ALP
La Trobe (Vic)
Streeton (Vic)
02.12.1972
01.12.1984
13.12.1975
24.03.1990
07 March 1939
85
5.
Race Mathews
ALP
Casey (Vic)
02.12.1972
13.12.1975
27 March 1935
89
6.
David McKenzie
ALP
Diamond Valley (Vic)
02.12.1972
13.12.1975
30 May 1933
90
7.
Peter Morris
ALP
Shortland (NSW)
02.12.1972
31.08.1998
29 July 1932
91
8.
Ralph Willis
ALP
Gellibrand (Vic)
02.12.1972
31.08.1998
14 April 1938
86
9.
John Dawkins
ALP
Tangney (WA)
Fremantle (WA)
18.05.1974
10.12.1977
13.12.1975
04.02.1994
02 March 1947
77
LIBERAL PARTY MEMBERS (10)
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
84
2.
Marshall Cooke
Liberal
Petrie (Qld)
02.12.1972
11.04.1974
04 March 1938
86
3.
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
81
4.
Ian Viner
Liberal
Stirling (WA)
02.12.1972
05.03.1983
21 January 1933
91
5.
Mel Bungey
Liberal
Canning (WA)
18.05.1974
05.03.1983
30 August 1934
89
6.
Alan Cadman
Liberal
Mitchell (NSW)
18.05.1974
17.10.2007
26 July 1937
86
7.
David Connolly
Liberal
Bradfield (NSW)
18.05.1974
29.01.1996
20 July 1939
84
8.
John Hodges
Liberal
Petrie (Qld)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
05.03.1983
11.07.1987
03 October 1937
86
9.
John Howard
Liberal
Bennelong (NSW)
18.05.1974
24.11.2007
26 July 1939
84
10.
Ian MacPhee
Liberal
Balaclava (Vic)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
13 July 1938
85
COUNTRY PARTY / NATIONAL COUNTRY PARTY MEMBERS (7)
1.
Peter Fisher
Country
Mallee (Vic)
02.12.1972
08.02.1993
19 September 1936
87
2.
Bruce Lloyd
Country
Murray (Vic)
20.03.1971
29.01.1996
24 February 1937
87
3.
Tom McVeigh
Country
Darling Downs (Qld)
Groom (Qld)
02.12.1972
01.12.1984
01.12.1984
29.02.1988
07 May 1930
94
4.
Peter Nixon
Country
Gippsland (Vic)
09.12.1961
04.02.1983
22 March 1928
96
5.
Ian Sinclair
Country
New England (NSW)
30.11.1963
31.08.1998
10 June 1929
94
6.
Stephen Lusher
Country
Hume (NSW)
18.05.1974
01.12.1984
18 October 1945
78
7.
John Sullivan
Country
Riverina (NSW)
18.05.1974
10.12.1977
07 February 1929
94

 

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