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EVATT, the Rt. Hon. Herbert Vere, QCBiography for EVATT, the Rt. Hon. Herbert Vere, QC

Member for Hunter (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Balmain, 1925. Resigned 18.9.1930.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, 1940. Re-elected 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955. Elected to the House of Representatives for Hunter, New South Wales, 1958. Resigned 10.2.1960.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Australian Advisory War Council from 14.3.1941 to 31.8.1945.


Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for Supply and Shipping, 1944.

Acting Prime Minister from 15.12.1947 to 1.1.1948.

Acting Prime Minister from 4.7.1948 to 17.7.1948.


Ministerial Appointments

Cabinet Minister from 7.10.1941 to 19.12.1949.

Attorney-General from 7.10.1941 to 19.12.1949.

Minister for External Affairs from 7.10.1941 to 19.12.1949.


Committee Service

Joint Select: Censorship from 15.3.1944 to 14.6.1944; Constitutional Review from 24.10.1956 to 26.11.1959.

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 7.3.1944 to 21.4.1954.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Australian Delegate to the Conference of Far Eastern Committee of the Council of UNRRA, Lapstone, New South Wales, February 1945.

Australian Delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, April 1945.

Australian Representative to the Council of Foreign Ministers, London, September 1945.

Australian Representative to the Far East Advisory Commission, Washington, October 1945.

Visited Japan to study the occupation and confer with Allied representatives, from July-August 1947.

Leader, Australian Delegation to the 2nd Session General Assembly of United Nations, from September-December 1947.

Leader, Australian Delegation to 1st part of 3rd Session of General Assembly of United Nations, Paris, and elected president, from July 1948 to February 1949.

Proceeded to United States of America for second part of 3rd Session of General Assembly, United Nations, from February 1949 to June 1949.

Attended Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Royal Guest, June 1953.

Deputy Leader, Australian Delegation to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Canberra, 1959.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party Executive from 14.10.1940 to 6.10.1941.

Deputy Leader of the Government from 31.10.1946 to 10.12.1949.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 31.10.1946 to 20.6.1951.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 20.6.1951 to 10.2.1960.

Leader of the Opposition from 20.6.1951 to 9.2.1960.


Other Positions

Appointed Queen's Counsel.

Vice President of the New South Wales Cricket Association.

Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

President of the Sydney University Union from 1915 to 1916.

Appointed Justice of the High Court of Australia from 19.12.1930 to 1940.

Trustee of the New South Wales Public Library from 1931 to 1963.

President of the New South Wales Public Library from 1937 to 1963.

Appointed a Member of His Majesty's Privy Council from 1942.

President of the Third Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly from 1948 to 1949.

Appointed Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court from 15.2.1960.


Personal

Born 30.4.1894, Maitland, Australia

Died 2.11.1965, Canberra

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLD (University of Sydney).

DLitt (University of Sydney).

MA (University of Sydney).

Barrister (Lawyer).

Tutor and Lecturer, University of Sydney.

Author.


Local Government Service

Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Balmain, 1925. Resigned 18.9.1930.