Members of the Australian Parliament who have served for at least 30 years

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This is a list of Members of the Parliament of Australia who have served for at least 30 years.

Their service does not need to be continuous; broken terms are aggregated.

All these periods of service were spent in one House exclusively. A number of people have served in both the Senate and the House of Representatives,[1] but none of them to date has had an aggregate length of service to the Parliament reaching 30 years.

Those who were Father of the Senate or Father of the House of Representatives are shown. A Father of either House is the person currently serving who has served longer, continuously, than any other currently serving member of that House. Where two or more people have equal lengths of continuous service, more than any other people, they are called joint Fathers. The more senior of the Father of the House and the Father of the Senate is the Father of the Parliament. Only those Fathers who served for 30 years or more will appear in this list.

Members of the Parliament who have served for at least 30 years[edit]

Name Chamber Start of service End of service Period of service Continuous
service
Father of the
Senate/House
Father of the
Parliament
Hughes, BillyBilly Hughes House of Reps 30 March 1901 28 October 1952 51 years, 213 days Yes 1935–52 1938–52
Page, EarleSir Earle Page House of Reps 13 December 1919 9 December 1961 41 years, 362 days Yes 1952–61 1952–61
Ruddock, PhilipPhilip Ruddock House of Reps 22 September 1973 currently serving 40 years, 313 days Yes 1998– 1998–
Pearce, GeorgeSir George Pearce Senate 29 March 1901 30 June 1938 37 years, 94 days Yes 1923–38
Cooper, WalterSir Walter Cooper Senate 17 November 1928
1 July 1935
30 June 1932
30 June 1968
36 years, 227 days No 1965–68
Maloney, WilliamWilliam Maloney House of Reps 30 March 1904 27 August 1940 36 years, 151 days Yes
McEwen, JohnSir John McEwen House of Reps 15 September 1934 1 February 1971 36 years, 139 days Yes Joint Father 1963–69
Father 1969–71
Joint Father 1965–69
Father 1969–71
Makin, NormanNorman Makin House of Reps 13 December 1919
29 May 1954
14 August 1946
1 November 1963
36 years, 37 days No
Brennan, FrankFrank Brennan House of Reps 8 February 1911
15 September 1934
19 December 1931
31 October 1949
35 years, 362 days No
Clark, JoeJoe Clark House of Reps 15 September 1934 29 September 1969 35 years, 15 days Yes Joint Father 1963–69 Joint Father 1965–69
Sinclair, IanIan Sinclair House of Reps 30 November 1963 31 August 1998 34 years, 275 days Yes 1990–98 1990–98
Watkins, DavidDavid Watkins House of Reps 29 March 1901 8 April 1935 34 years, 11 days Yes
O'Byrne, JustinJustin O'Byrne Senate 1 July 1947 30 June 1981 34 years, 0 days Yes Joint Father 1968–71
Father 1971–81
1977–81
Howard, JohnJohn Howard House of Reps 18 May 1974 24 November 2007 33 years, 191 days Yes
Cadman, AlanAlan Cadman House of Reps 18 May 1974 17 October 2007 33 years, 152 days Yes
Brown, GordonGordon Brown Senate 1 July 1932 30 June 1965 33 years, 0 days Yes Joint Father 1947–50
Father 1950–65
1963–65
Groom, LittletonSir Littleton Groom House of Reps 14 September 1901
19 December 1931
12 October 1929
6 November 1936
32 years, 353 days No
Francis, JosiahSir Josiah Francis House of Reps 16 December 1922 4 November 1955 32 years, 324 days Yes
Holt, HaroldHarold Holt House of Reps 17 August 1935 19 December 1967[2] 32 years, 125 days Yes
Ward, EddieEddie Ward House of Reps 7 March 1931
6 February 1932
19 December 1931
31 July 1963
32 years, 99 days No 1961–63 1961–63
Beazley, KimKim Beazley, Sr. House of Reps 18 August 1945 10 November 1977 32 years, 85 days Yes 1975–77 1975–77
Daly, FredFred Daly House of Reps 21 August 1943 11 November 1975 32 years, 83 days Yes 1972–75 1972–75
Calwell, ArthurArthur Calwell House of Reps 21 September 1940 2 November 1972 32 years, 43 days Yes 1971–72 1971–72
McMahon, WilliamSir William McMahon House of Reps 10 December 1949 4 January 1982 32 years, 26 days Yes Joint Father 1977–80
Father 1980–82
1981–82
Lynch, PatrickPatrick Lynch Senate 1 January 1907 30 June 1938 31 years, 181 days Yes
Menzies, RobertSir Robert Menzies House of Reps 15 September 1934 17 February 1966 31 years, 156 days Yes Joint Father 1963–66 Joint Father 1965–66
Boswell, RonRon Boswell Senate 5 March 1983 30 June 2014 31 years, 117 days Yes 2008–2014
Uren, TomTom Uren House of Reps 22 November 1958 19 February 1990 31 years, 90 days Yes 1984–90 1984–90
Scullin, JamesJames Scullin House of Reps 13 April 1910
18 February 1922
31 May 1913
31 October 1949
30 years, 304 days No
Cameron, ClydeClyde Cameron House of Reps 10 December 1949 19 September 1980 30 years, 285 days Yes Joint Father 1977–80
Jull, DavidDavid Jull House of Reps 13 December 1975
1 December 1984
5 March 1983
17 October 2007
30 years, 39 days No
Lazzarini, HubertBert Lazzarini House of Reps 13 December 1919
15 September 1934
19 December 1931
1 October 1952
30 years, 24 days No
Crawford, ThomasThomas Crawford Senate 1 July 1917 30 June 1947 30 years, 0 days Yes Joint Father 1938–47
Foll, HarryHarry Foll Senate 1 July 1917 30 June 1947 30 years, 0 days Yes Joint Father 1938–47
Watson, JohnJohn Watson Senate 1 July 1978 30 June 2008 30 years, 0 days Yes 2005–08

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handbook of the 42nd Parliament: Members who have served in both chambers
  2. ^ While Harold Holt has subsequently been legally deemed to have died on 17 December 1967, he was not declared presumed dead until 19 December and he is considered to have served until that date, as both a member and as Prime Minister.

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