Barry Cunningham

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Barry Cunningham
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McMillan
In office
18 October 1980 – 24 March 1990
Preceded by Barry Simon
Succeeded by John Riggall
In office
3 March 1993 – 2 March 1996
Preceded by John Riggall
Succeeded by Russell Broadbent
Personal details
Born (1939-10-26) 26 October 1939 (age 76)
Pakenham, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Farmer

Barry Thomas Cunningham (born 26 October 1939) was an Australian politician. Born in Pakenham, Victoria, he was a dairy and potato farmer and an agricultural contractor before entering politics. In 1980, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for McMillan, defeating Barry Simon of the Liberal Party, who had been deprived of Democratic Labor Party preferences due to his views on abortion. He was defeated in 1990, but was re-elected in 1993, before being defeated again in 1996.[1]

In 2015, Cunningham brought a case before the High Court of Australia,[2] purporting that the limitations on the number of "domestic return trips per year" under the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002[3] was unconstitutional under S51(xxxi) of the Constitution of Australia.[4]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  2. ^ Cunningham & Ors v. Commonwealth of Australia & Anor, ''
  3. ^ Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002, ''
  4. ^
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Barry Simon
Member for McMillan
1980 – 1990
Succeeded by
John Riggall
Preceded by
John Riggall
Member for McMillan
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by
Russell Broadbent