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GORTON, the Rt. Hon. John Grey, CHBiography for GORTON, the Rt. Hon. John Grey, CH

Member for Higgins (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 1949. Re-elected 1951, 1953, 1958, 1964. Resigned 1.2.1968. Elected to the House of Representatives for Higgins, Victoria at by-election 1968, vice Rt Hon H Holt (presumed dead). Re-elected 1969, 1972 and 1974. Retired prior to general elections 1975.


Acting Ministries

Acting Minister for External Affairs from 19.10.1964 to 13.12.1964.

Acting Minister for External Affairs from 19.3.1966 to 24.4.1966.

Acting Minister for External Affairs from 2.9.1966 to 15.10.1966.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for the Navy from 10.12.1958 to 18.12.1963.

Minister Assisting the Minister for External Affairs from 23.3.1960 to 18.12.1963.

Minister for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation from 16.2.1962 to 18.12.1963.

Minister for the Interior from 18.12.1963 to 4.3.1964.

Minister for Works from 18.12.1963 to 28.2.1967.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Commonwealth activities in Education and Research from 18.12.1963 to 14.12.1966.

Cabinet Minister from 26.1.1966 to 13.8.1971.

Minister for Education and Service from 14.12.1966 to 28.2.1968.

Prime Minister from 10.1.1968 to 10.3.1971.

Minister for Defence from 10.3.1971 to 13.8.1971.


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Printing from 2.3.1950 to 4.11.1955; Standing Orders from 16.10.1967 to 1.2.1968.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs from 5.3.1952 to 14.10.1958 (Chair from 1952 to 1956); New and Permanent Parliament House from 10.3.1968 to 10.3.1971; Prices from 2.5.1973 to 11.4.1974.

House of Representatives Standing: Standing Orders from 10.1.1968 to 18.3.1971.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Leader, Australian Delegation to the 45th Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, Bangkok, 1956

Leader, Australian Delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the Colombo Plan Consultative Committee, Tokyo, 1960

Visited Colombo Plan projects in South-East Asia, November-December 1960

Leader, Australian Delegation to the 1st Consultative Meeting under the Antarctic Treaty, Canberra, July 1961 (elected chairman)

Deputy Leader, Australian Delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the Colombo Plan Consultative Committee, Melbourne, November 1962

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to South America, June-July 1965

Represented the Australian Government at the Coronation of the King of Tonga, July 1967

Official visit U.S.A, May-June 1968

Official visit New Zealand, March 1968

Official visit South-East Asia, June 1968

Attended Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, London, January 1969

Official visit U.S.A, March-April 1969

Official visit U.S.A, May 1969

Official visit Japan (for Australia's National Day at Expo), May 1970

Attended Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, Singapore, January 1971

Visited Australian troops in Vietnam as Minister for Defence, March 1971

Attended Commonwealth Five-Power Defence Talks, London, April 1971


Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on Urban and Regional Development, Environment and Conservation.

Leader of the Government in the Senate from 16.10.1967 to 1.2.1968.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 10.1.1968 to 10.3.1971.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 10.3.1971 to 16.8.1971.

Member of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party Executive from 21.12.1972 to 14.6.1974.


Party Positions

Founding executive member, Liberal and Country Party from 1949


Other Positions

Appointed a Member of Her Majesty's Privy Council, 1968


Personal

Born 9.9.1911, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia

Died 19.5.2002, Vaucluse

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

M.A (Oxon)

Orchardist


Local Government Service

Member, Kerang Shire Council from 1946 to 1952.

President, Kerang Shire Council from 1949 to 1950.


Honours

Appointed Companion of Honour, 12.06.1971


Military Service

Served in United Kingdom, Singapore, Darwin and Milne Bay

Severely wounded in air operations

Enlisted RAAF from 08.11.1940 to 05.12.1944, when discharged with the rank of Flight Lieutenant


Electorate

Location: South-eastern Melbourne; includes the suburbs of Toorak, Malvern, South Yarra, Caulfield and Armadale.

Area: 24 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 64138 (at 25.10.1974)

Industries:

Electorate: Higgins includes all of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Malvern and substantial parts of Prahran, Caulfield and Glen Iris.