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SMITH, William Henry LairdBiography for SMITH, William Henry Laird

Member for Denison (Tas)

National Labour

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Denison, Tasmania, 1910. Re-elected 1913, 1914, 1917 and 1919. Defeated at general elections 1922.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the Royal Commission on Electoral Law, 1914.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister from 14.11.1916 to 17.2.1917.

Cabinet Minister from 14.11.1916 to 17.2.1917.

Cabinet Minister from 3.2.1920 to 21.12.1921.

Honorary Minister from 3.2.1920 to 28.7.1920.

Minister for the Navy from 28.7.1920 to 21.12.1921.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 3.12.2014 to 3.11.1919.

House of Representatives Standing: House from 26.7.1917 to 3.11.1919.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary party that visited England in 1911, at the invitation of the Imperial Government, on the occasion of the coronation of King George V.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party Executive from 22.10.1914 to 14.11.1916.


Born 15.9.1869, Westbury, Australia

Died 21.10.1942