Les Johnson

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The Honourable
Les Johnson
AM
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hughes
In office
10 December 1955 – 26 November 1966
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Don Dobie
In office
25 October 1969 – 19 December 1983
Preceded by Don Dobie
Succeeded by Robert Tickner
Personal details
Born (1924-11-22) 22 November 1924 (age 89)
Enfield, Sydney
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) (1) Gladys Jones
(2) Marion Sharkey (nee Legge)
Children Grant, Sally, Jenny

Leslie Royston "Les" Johnson AM (born 22 November 1924) is a former Australian politician and minister.

Johnson was elected for the Australian Labor Party as the first member for the House of Representatives seat of Hughes at the 1955 election and held it until his defeat at the 1966 election. He regained Hughes at the 1969 election. Following Labor's win at the December 1972 election, he was appointed to the Whitlam ministry as Minister for Housing. In October 1973, he was appointed to the additional portfolio of Works. In November the two portfolios were combined as Housing and Construction. In June 1975 he was moved to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. He lost this position as a result of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in November 1975. He subsequently became the Opposition Whip. Labor returned to government at the March 1983 election, but Johnson did not stand for a place in the ministry. However, he was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chairman of Committees. He resigned from parliament in December 1983 so that he could become Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand.His position as High Commissioner was cut short following the serious illness of his daughter, Sally Anne Penman, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, and subsequently died in February 1988.

Les Johnson married Gladys (Peg) Jones in 1947, and she died in 2002. They had three children, Grant, Sally (deceased) and Jenny. In 2003 Les Johnson married Marion Sharkey, and they now live at Shoal Bay, NSW. [1][2]

Johnson was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 1990.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "House of Representatives by-elections 1901–2005". Parliamentary Library research brief. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Johnson, Leslie Royston, AM". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gough Whitlam
Minister for Housing
1972–1973
Merged into Housing
and Construction
Preceded by
Jim Cavanagh
Minister for Works
1973
New title Minister for Housing and Construction
1973–75
Succeeded by
Joe Riordan
Preceded by
Jim Cavanagh
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
1975
Succeeded by
Tom Drake-Brockman
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Hughes
1955–1966
Succeeded by
Don Dobie
Preceded by
Don Dobie
Member for Hughes
1969–1984
Succeeded by
Robert Tickner