Lance Barnard

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The Honourable
Lance Barnard
AO
Lance Barnard.jpg
3rd Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office
2 December 1972 – 18 May 1974
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Preceded by Doug Anthony
Succeeded by Jim Cairns
Minister for Defence
In office
2 December 1972 – 6 June 1975
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Preceded by David Fairbairn
Succeeded by Bill Morrison
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bass
In office
29 May 1954 – 2 June 1975
Preceded by Bruce Kekwick
Succeeded by Kevin Newman
Personal details
Born (1919-05-01)1 May 1919
Launceston, Tasmania
Died 6 August 1997(1997-08-06) (aged 78)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Relations Claude Barnard (father)
Occupation Teacher

Lance Herbert Barnard AO (1 May 1919 – 6 August 1997), Australian politician, was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia for most of the Labor government of Gough Whitlam.

A Tasmanian by birth, raised in Launceston, Barnard was the son of Claude Barnard, who was a Labor MP from Tasmania from 1934 to 1949 and a Minister in the Chifley government. He was a teacher before being elected in 1954 to the House of Representatives for the Division of Bass, his father's old seat. In 1967, he became Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and when it won office under Whitlam in 1972 Barnard was Deputy Prime Minister.As Minister for Defence, Barnard personally ensured the recommendations of the Jess Committee and new Defense Force Retirements Benefits Scheme was implemented in 1972. ref:Canberra Times 1st November 1972

For the first two weeks of Whitlam's government, before the full electoral result was known, Whitlam and Barnard formed a two-man ministry, known as a duumvirate, to govern until a full ministry could be announced. Barnard held 14 portfolios including Defence and Immigration. Following the announcement of a complete ministry, Barnard served as Minister for Defence.

Following the 1974 election, Barnard lost the Labor Deputy Leadership to Dr. Jim Cairns and shortly thereafter he retired from politics. He became Ambassador to Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Bass was resoundingly lost to the Liberals at the ensuing by-election, a shock result that was seen by many as the beginning of the end for the Whitlam government, which was dismissed five months later.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Anthony
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
1972–1974
Succeeded by
Jim Cairns
Preceded by
David Fairbairn
Minister for Defence
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Bill Morrison
Preceded by
Tom Drake-Brockman
Minister for Air
1972–1973
Abolished
Preceded by
Bob Katter
Minister for the Army
1972–1973
Preceded by
Malcolm Mackay
Minister for the Navy
1972–1973
Preceded by
Victor Garland
Minister for Supply
1972–1973
Succeeded by
Kep Enderby
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bruce Kekwick
Member for Bass
1954–1975
Succeeded by
Kevin Newman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gough Whitlam
Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party
1967–1974
Succeeded by
Jim Cairns