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ANDERSON, the Hon. Sir Kenneth McColl, KBEBiography for ANDERSON, the Hon. Sir Kenneth McColl, KBE

Senator for (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Ryde, 1950. Defeated at general elections 1953.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1953. Re-elected 1958, 1964, 1970 and 1974. Retired prior to general elections 1975.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 23.02.1956 to 11.08.1964

Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for Civil Aviation from 5.7.1966 to 5.8.1966.

Acting Postmaster General from 29.5.1967 to 11.7.1967.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Customs and Excise from 10.6.1964 to 28.2.1968.

Minister for Supply from 28.2.1968 to 2.8.1971.

Cabinet Minister from 28.2.1968 to 5.12.1972.

Minister for Health from 2.8.1971 to 5.12.1972.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Disputed Returns and Qualifications from 11.6.1953 to 9.8.1962; Standing Orders from 12.3.1968 to 26.2.1973.

Senate Select: Road Safety from 14.5.1959 to 1.1.1960 (Chair from 1.1.1959 to 1.1.1960).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Health and Welfare from 14.3.1973 to 11.11.1975.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.1956 to 18.8.1964.

Joint Standing: New and Permanent Parliament House from 28.9.1967 to 8.4.1970; Australian Capital Territory from 17.10.1973 to 11.12.1974.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Delegation to the 50th Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Brussels, 1961

Leader, Australian Delegation to the development Assistance Committee, Council of Europe, visiting Austria, Turkey and Yugoslavia, January 1971

Member, Australian Delegation to the Spring Meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Ivory Coast, 1972

Member, Australian Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Council Meeting, Geneva, 1973

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Europe, June-July 1975

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 28.2.1968 to 5.12.1972.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal party NSW State Executive from 1954 to 1958

Member, Liberal party NSW State Executive from 1963 to 1964

Other Positions

Deputy Chairman, Ryde Soldiers Memorial Hospital

Vice-President, Ryde Returned Services League

Secretary, local Ratepayers' and Citizens' Association

Chairman, Food for Babies Fund from 1970


Born 11.10.1909, At Sea in Australian waters, Australia

Died 29.3.1985, Lane Cove


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament


Property Valuer

Real Estate Agent


Insurance Clerk

Local Government Service

Mayor, Ryde Municipal Council from 1949 to 1950.

Councillor, Cumberland County Council from 1950 to 1952.

Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Ryde, 1950. Defeated at general elections 1953.


Created Knight Bachelor, 13.06.1970

Created a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 01.01.1972

Military Service

Lieutenant 8th Division Signals, Malaya

Enlisted AIF from 02.07.1940 to 03.12.1945, when discharged

Prisoner of war, 10.10.1945, returned to Australia