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MURPHY, the Hon. Lionel Keith, QCBiography for MURPHY, the Hon. Lionel Keith, QC

Senator for New South Wales

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1961. Re-elected 1967 and 1974. Resigned 9.2.1975.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Australian National University Council from 25.11.1969 to 13.3.1973.

Ministerial Appointments

Attorney-General from 19.12.1972 to 10.2.1975.

Minister for Customs and Excise from 19.12.1972 to 10.2.1975.

Cabinet Minister from 19.12.1972 to 10.2.1975.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 4.3.1964 to 31.10.1966; Standing Orders from 21.5.1969 to 9.2.1975; Privileges from 25.11.1969 to 9.2.1975; House from 28.2.1971 to 9.2.1975.

Senate Select: Foreign Ownership and Control from 2.2.1972 to 26.2.1973.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 6.10.1971 to 9.2.1975.

Senate Estimates: A from 16.9.1970 to 28.9.1971.

Joint Select: Parliamentary and Government Publications from 6.12.1962 to 13.5.1964; New and Permanent Parliament House from 18.3.1969 to 8.4.1970.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Delegate to the United Nations Conference on Human Rights, Teheran, 1968.

Attended Commonwealth Law Ministers Conference, London, January 1973.

Visited the United States; Officially represented the Prime Minister at the funeral of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Washington, January 1973.

Visited France for Ministerial discussions on the proposed French nuclear tests in the Pacific, April 1973.

Visited The Netherlands to present Australia's case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague against the proposed French nuclear tests in the Pacific, May 1973.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 19.12.1972 to 9.2.1975.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 8.2.1967 to 5.12.1972.

Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party Federal Executive from 1967.

Chairman of the Australian Labor Party Legal and Constitutional Committee from 1967.

Member of the Australian Labor Party Federal Conference from 1967.

Chairman of the Australian Labor Party Arts and Media Committee from 1970.

Other Positions

Appointed Queen's Counsel from 1960.

Member of the International Commission of Jurists (Australian Executive) from 1963.


Born 31.8.1922, Sydney, Australia

Died 21.10.1986, Canberra


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BSc(Hons) (University of Sydney).

LLB(Hons) (University of Sydney).