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|Member of the Australian Parliament
13 December 1975 – 10 December 1977
|Preceded by||Fred Daly|
|Succeeded by||Frank Stewart|
|Justice of the Federal Court of Australia|
1 January 1993 – 1 May 2005
|Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT|
7 April 1995 – 30 April 2005
7 January 1944 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Relations||Fred Whitlam (grandfather)
Gough Whitlam (father)
Margaret Whitlam (mother)
Nicholas Whitlam (brother)
Stephen Whitlam (brother)
Catherine Dovey (sister)
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
Early life and education
Early legal career
Whitlam was called to the New South Wales bar in 1967.
After several unsuccessful runs for preselection, he was elected in 1975 to the House of Representatives seat of Grayndler in central Sydney. His father Gough Whitlam was at that time the Leader of the Labor Party and had just been dismissed as Prime Minister by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. Labor was heavily defeated but Tony Whitlam easily won Grayndler. He became only the second federal MP to serve in the House at the same time as his father. He is also the only child of an Australian Prime Minister to be a federal MP (Kevin and Brendan Lyons, sons of Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, were Tasmanian state MPs).
In 1977, there was a redistribution of electoral boundaries in New South Wales, and the Division of Lang, adjoining Grayndler, was abolished. The sitting Labor MP for Lang, Frank Stewart, challenged Tony Whitlam for Labor endorsement in Grayndler and defeated him. Whitlam was forced to stand for another seat, the marginal Liberal seat of St George, where he was defeated at the December 1977 election by the sitting Liberal member, Maurice Neil.
He attempted a return to federal politics in 1979, but was defeated in a preselection battle for the seat of Grayndler.
Return to the bar
Whitlam did not return to politics; instead, he had a successful career at the Sydney bar.
Whitlam was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 1993. In 1995 he was also appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Whitlam was one of only six politicians to have served in both the Parliament of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia, alongside Nigel Bowen, Robert Ellicott, Merv Everett, John Reeves and Duncan Kerr.
After retiring from his judgeships, Whitlam returned again to the bar.
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Grayndler