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EDWARDS, Dr Harold (Harry) RaymondBiography for EDWARDS, Dr Harold (Harry) Raymond

Member for Berowra (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Berowra, New South Wales, 1972. Re-elected 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990. Retired prior to general elections 1993.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation from 10.5.1983 to 21.2.1985.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.5.1990 to 8.2.1993.

Joint Select: Tenure of Appointees to Commonwealth Tribunals from 12.4.1989 to 30.11.1989.

House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 18.8.1977 to 4.2.1983; Publications from 26.11.1980 to 8.2.1993; Privileges from 7.3.1991 to 8.2.1993.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Leader, IPU Spring Meetings, Lisbon, April 1978

Leader, 65th IPU Conference, Bonn, September 1978

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Luxembourg, March 1978

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Rome, April 1979

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Caracas, September 1979

Attended meeting of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, April 1979

Leader, 66th IPU Conference, Caracas, September 1979

Leader, IPU Spring Meetings, Prague, April 1979

Leader, IPU Spring Meetings, Oslo, April 1980

Leader, 67th IPU Conference, East Berlin, September 1980

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Athens, 1980

Elected to IPU Executive Committee, September 1980

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Canberra, 1981

Attended meetings of the 'Committee of Nine', Washington, 1981

Chairman, 'Committee of Nine' (now ten) during 1981

Member, 68th IPU Conference, Havana, September 1981

Member, IPU Spring Meeting, Manila, April 1981

Member, 69th IPU Conference, Rome, September 1982

Member, 82nd IPU Conference, London, September 1989

Member, 85th IPU Conference, Republic of Korea, April-May 1991

Official visit to China, April-May 1991

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on International Trade and Tariffs.

Member of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party Executive from 31.7.1973 to 14.6.1974.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.6.1974 to 11.11.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on Tariffs and the Industries Assistance Commission from 14.6.1974 to 11.11.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on Science and Technology from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.1983 to 14.12.1984.

Other Positions

Member of Council, Macquarie University

Member, Australian Research Grants Committee, 1967-72

President, Parliamentary Christian Fellowship from May 1988


Born 10.1.1927, Drummoyne, Australia

Died 26.6.2012


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Syd)

D.Phil (Oxon)



Foundation Head of the School of Economic and Financial Studies, Macquarie University

Part time business consultant

Professor of Economic Theory, University of Sydney, 1962-65

Professor, Economics, 1966-72

Economic consultant, Singapore City Planning Authority, 1967-70


The Australian dairy industry: an economic study (with N.T. Drane), Cheshire, Melbourne: 1961

Competition and monopoly in the British soap industry, Clarendon Press, Oxford: 1962


Description: Outer Metropolitan

Location: North western Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Arcadia, Asquith, Beecroft, Berowra, Brooklyn, Cowan, Galston, Glenorie, Hornsby, Middle Dural, Mt Colah, Mt Ku-ring-gai, Normanhurst, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, and parts of Carlingford and Epping.

Area: 463 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 79161 (at 15.2.1993)

Industries: Fishing and oyster farming from the Hawkesbury River area; blue metal mining, retail, service and various small industries including hobby farming, citrus fruit orchards and poultry farming.

Electorate: Berowra includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Ku ring gai, and parts of Gordon and Northcott.