Alan Cadman

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The Honourable
Alan Cadman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Mitchell
In office
18 May 1974 – 17 October 2007
Preceded by Alfred Ashley-Brown
Succeeded by Alex Hawke
Personal details
Born (1937-07-26) 26 July 1937 (age 79)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation Orchardist

Alan Glyndwr Cadman OAM (born 26 July 1937), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from 18 May 1974 to 17 October 2007, representing the Division of Mitchell, New South Wales.


Cadman was born in Sydney and was educated at the University of New South Wales. He was an orchardist and company director before entering politics.[citation needed]

Despite his long tenure, Cadman was only considered for ministerial preferment twice. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Malcolm Fraser) 1981–83 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business 1997–98. In 1992 he was one of a group of Coalition members of parliament who founded the Lyons Forum, a conservative ginger group.[1]

In 2003, Cadman was the unsuspecting target of a prank by comedy show CNNNN in which "rumours" were spread about his intentions to run against John Howard for the Prime Ministership.

Cadman was challenged for preselection ahead of the 2007 election by Alex Hawke. However, on 16 June 2007, Cadman withdrew from the preselection contest, and later announced his current term would be his last.[2] He was to later condemn the circumstances under which he lost preselection to Hawke. He later accused Hawke, who ran well to his right, of engaging in massive branch-stacking to ensure he would win the preselection contest for this comfortably safe Liberal seat.[3]

At the time of his retirement Cadman was, by a matter of a few minutes, the second longest-serving member of the House of Representatives. Howard, the member for neighbouring Bennelong, was elected on the same day as Cadman, but took the swearing-in oath later. Philip Ruddock was the only serving member of the House who had served for a longer period of time.


  1. ^ Marion Maddox, God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics, Allen & Unwin, 2005, p.38.
  2. ^ Clennell, Andrew (18 June 2007). "Age does not worry him, says Lib hopeful". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Maley, Paul; Salusinszky, Imre (24 September 2007). "Veteran Lib slams party's far Right". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Alfred Ashley-Brown
Member for Mitchell
Succeeded by
Alex Hawke