Allan Guy

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The Honourable
Allan Guy
Allan Guy.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bass
In office
12 October 1929 – 15 September 1934
Preceded by Syd Jackson
Succeeded by Claude Barnard
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wilmot
In office
21 September 1940 – 28 September 1946
Preceded by Lancelot Spurr
Succeeded by Gil Duthie
Senator for Tasmania
In office
22 February 1950 – 30 June 1956
Personal details
Born (1890-11-30)30 November 1890
Launceston, Tasmania
Died 16 December 1979(1979-12-16) (aged 89)
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1929–31)
UAP (1931–44)
Liberal (1944–56)
Relations James Guy (father)

James Allan Guy, CBE (30 November 1890 – 16 December 1979) was an Australian politician who represented the Australian Labor Party in both the Tasmanian House of Assembly and the Federal House of Representatives, before leaving to represent the United Australia Party and then the Liberal Party of Australia in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His father, James Guy, had also been a Senator.

Guy was elected to the Division of Bass in the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1916 and was part of Joseph Lyons' cabinet when Labor came to power in 1923. He served as Chief Secretary (1923–28), Minister for Mines (1923–24), Minister for Railways (1924–28), Acting Premier from July to December 1926, then Deputy Premier until Labor was defeated in 1928. He became Deputy Leader of the Opposition and remained in the Tasmanian parliament until 1929.

In 1929 he contested and won the Federal Division of Bass for Labor and joined James Scullin's government. In 1931 he joined Joseph Lyons, James Fenton and two other Labor members in forming the United Australia Party along with the Nationalist Party of Australia opposition, which came to office in December with Lyons as prime minister. In 1932 Lyons rewarded him for his loyalty by appointing him assistant Minister for Trade and Customs. One of Guy's responsibilities was to defend film-censorship provisions which he described as 'both necessary and admirable', for, without them, 'all sorts of puerile and undesirable films could be displayed, to the detriment, not only of our civilization, but of the Christian religion'.[1]

After losing his seat in the 1934 election, Guy contested it unsuccessfully in 1937, and then the Division of Wilmot unsuccessfully in 1939, before winning it in 1940. He represented Wilmot for the UAP until 1944 and for the Liberal Party until 1946.

In 1949 he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal, where he remained until being defeated in the 1956 election.

He was awarded a CBE in 1968 for services to "Parliament and the community."[2]


  1. ^ "Guy, James Allan (1890–1979) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online". Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  2. ^ "It's an Honour". Retrieved 2009-08-28. 


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Syd Jackson
Member for Bass
Succeeded by
Claude Barnard
Preceded by
Lancelot Spurr
Member for Wilmot
Succeeded by
Gil Duthie