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YOUNG, the Hon. Sir Harold William. KCMGBiography for YOUNG, the Hon. Sir Harold William. KCMG

Senator for South Australia

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 1967. Re-elected 1974, 1975 and 1977. Defeated at general elections 1983.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chairman of Committees from 19.2.1976 to 18.8.1981.

President of the Senate from 18.8.1981 to 21.4.1983.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 21.8.1968 to 19.8.1971; Standing Orders from 18.8.1971 to 31.10.1972; Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 18.7.1974 to 11.11.1975; House from 4.3.1976 to 4.2.1983 (Deputy Chair from 4.3.1976 to 4.2.1983); Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983 (Chair from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983); Standing Orders from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983.

Senate Select: Off-shore Petroleum Resources from 21.8.1968 to 8.12.1971 (Chair from 2.4.1971 to 8.12.1971).

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Primary and Secondary Industry and Trade from 16.9.1970 to 20.4.1972.

Senate Estimates: A from 16.9.1970 to 28.9.1971; C from 28.9.1971 to 28.10.1971; E from 14.9.1972 to 2.11.1972; F from 9.5.1973 to 11.4.1974; C from 15.4.1975 to 11.11.1975; B from 20.9.1978 to 1.4.1980; A from 1.4.1980 to 2.4.1981; E from 2.4.1981 to 26.8.1981.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 4.3.1976 to 18.8.1981; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 26.8.1976 to 23.9.1981; New Parliament House from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983 (Joint Chair from 18.8.1981 to 4.2.1983).

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Elected Executive Representative to IPU, at Canberra, Madrid and Sofia.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Venezuela and Brazil.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South-East Asia, 1970.

Member, CPA Delegation, London, June-July 1974.

Member, Spring Meeting IPU, Mexico City, April 1976.

Leader, 63rd Conference IPU, Madrid, September-October 1976.

Leader, 64th Conference IPU, Sofia, September 1977.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliament, Luxembourg, September 1977.

Member, Spring Meeting IPU, Canberra, April 1977.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to South America, July-August 1980.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Government Whip in the Senate from 16.8.1971 to 5.12.1972.

Opposition Whip in the Senate from 20.12.1972 to 8.4.1975.

Opposition Spokesman on the Media from 26.3.1975 to 11.11.1975.

Party Positions

Vice-President of the Liberal Party Young District.

President of the Liberal Party Wallaroo District.

Member of the Liberal Party State Council (SA).

Other Positions

Member of the Australian Wool Industry Conference.

Member of the Federal Exporters' Overseas Transport Committee.

Member of the South Australian State Wheat Research Committee.


Born 30.6.1923, Broughton, Australia

Died 21.11.2006, Glenunga


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Primary Producer.


Made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, 31.12.1982.

Granted title 'Honourable' for life, 28.06.1983.