Abe Landa

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The Honourable
Abe Landa
Minister for Housing
In office
16 March 1956 – 13 May 1965
Preceded by John McGrath
Succeeded by Stanley Stephens
Personal details
Born (1902-11-10)10 November 1902
near Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died 10 July 1989(1989-07-10) (aged 86)
Vaucluse, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party (NSW), Australian Labor Party

The Hon. Abram Landa (10 November 1902 – 7 October 1989) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1930 until 1932 and from 1941 until 1965. He was variously a member of the Australian Labor Party (NSW) and the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He held a number of ministerial positions between 1953 and 1965.

Early and personal life[edit]

Landa was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and migrated to Sydney with his widowed mother in 1910. He was educated at Christian Brothers, Waverley and won a scholarship to study law at the University of Sydney. He practiced as a solicitor mainly in Industrial Law and joined the ALP in 1919. He was an advisor to Doc Evatt at the United Nations meetings in Lake Success. Landa was a prominent member of Sydney's Jewish Community and was made a CMG in 1968. He was the uncle of Paul Landa who was a member of the Legislative Assembly and the New South Wales Legislative Council.

State Parliament[edit]

Landa was elected as the Labor member for Bondi at the 1930 state election. He defeated the sitting Nationalist member Harold Jacques and his victory contributed to Labor forming a government under Jack Lang. However, he lost the seat in the 1932 landslide that ended Lang's premiership. Landa regained the seat at the 1941 election which resulted in Labor regaining power under William McKell. He retained the seat for the next 8 elections. Following the victory of Robert Askin's conservative coalition at the 1965 election, Landa was controversially offered and accepted an appointment as the New South Wales Agent-General in London. This position was usually a sinecure for retiring members of the ruling party but Askin offered it to Landa to force his resignation from parliament and cause a by-election with the hope of increasing his government's small majority. Landa's acceptance of the position resulted in his expulsion from the Labor Party. However, Askin's plans were frustrated when the by-election was won by Labor's Syd Einfeld.

Government[edit]

Landa held ministerial positions in the governments of Joseph Cahill, Robert Heffron and Jack Renshaw. He was the Minister for Labour, Industry and Social Welfare from 1953 till 1956 and the Minister for Housing from 1956 until the defeat of the Labor government in 1965.

References[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Harold Jaques
Member for Bondi
1930 – 1932
Succeeded by
Norman Thomas
Preceded by
Norman Thomas
Member for Bondi
1941 – 1965
Succeeded by
Syd Einfeld
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Finnan
Minister for Labour, Industry and Social Welfare
1953 – 1956
Succeeded by
James Maloney
Preceded by
John McGrath
Minister for Housing
1956 – 1965
Succeeded by
Stanley Stephens