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Living Former Senators (1949-1972)

The following table shows the senators elected or appointed between 1949 and 1972 who are still living.

There are six former senators from this period – the Menzies era – still living: 3 Liberals, 1 Country Party, 1 ALP and 1 independent.

The earliest elected senator from this group is Doug McClelland (ALP-NSW), who was elected in 1961 and took up his seat on July 1, 1962. A minister in the Whitlam government, McClelland went on to become President of the Senate.

Three of the former senators are in their 90s, whilst three are in their 80s. The oldest (Jim Webster) is 97, whilst the youngest (Martin Cameron) is 86.

The most recent death of a senator from this period was Don Jessop, on May 21, 2018, aged 90.

The current ages update automatically on the table below.

Australian Senate 1949-72 – Members Still Living
No. Name Party State Term Began Term Finished Date of Birth Current Age
Doug McClelland
05 August 1926
96 years, 4 months, 5 days
First elected on December 9, 1961, McClelland remained in the Senate for 25 years. He was Minister for the Media (1972-75) and Special Minister of State (1975) in the Whitlam government. He is one of four surviving ministers from that period and one of only three of the original full ministry. He was President of the Senate (1983-87) and later served as High Commissioner to the UK.
James Webster
14 June 1925
97 years, 5 months, 26 days
A farmer and accountant, Webster was appointed to a casual Senate vacancy in 1964. He was Minister for Science and the Environment in the Fraser government from 1975 to 1979. He retired in 1980.
Peter Rae
24 September 1932
90 years, 2 months, 16 days
First elected at the 1967 Senate election, Rae took up his seat on July 1, 1968. Whilst a shadow minister, he never served as a minister and is best known for his Committee work that led to the establishment of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). In 1986 he won election to the Tasmanian House of Assembly, serving as one of the members for Bass until 1989.
Martin Cameron
24 August 1936
86 years, 3 months, 16 days
Cameron filled a casual vacancy in 1969 but was defeated the federal election later that year. In 1971, he entered the South Australian Legislative Council. He left the Liberal Party when the Liberal Movement was formed but later rejoined. He was Leader of the Opposition in the Council until he retired in 1990.
Margaret Guilfoyle
15 May 1926
96 years, 6 months, 25 days
First elected in 1970, Guilfoyle took her seat on July 1, 1971. She was initially Minister for Education in the Fraser government and Minister for Social Security (1975-80), the third woman to hold a ministerial position in the nation’s history. She was Minister for Finance (1980-83). She retired in 1987.
Michael Townley
04 November 1934
88 years, 1 month, 6 days
Elected in 1970, Townley took up his seat as an Independent senator on July 1, 1971. In 1975, he joined the Liberal Party, thus augmenting its numbers when Supply was blocked during the Whitlam Dismissal crisis. He retired in 1987.

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