Bill Landeryou

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Bill Landeryou
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Doutta Galla
In office
Preceded by Dolph Eddy
Succeeded by John Brumby
Personal details
Born (1941-04-17) 17 April 1941 (age 76)
Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children Andrew
Occupation Trade Unionist

William Albert Landeryou (born 17 April 1941), Australian politician, was leader of the Australian Labor Party in the Victorian Legislative Council and a minister in the Labor government of John Cain.[1]


Landeryou was born in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds, the son of a timber worker. He left school at 15 and worked for a trucking company. In 1965 Landeryou was appointed as a research officer for the Storemen and Packers' Union (now the National Union of Workers), despite never having worked as a storeman and packer, after having been recommended to the then-State Secretary by Labor Party contacts.[2] A year later he was elected as an organiser, then as Victorian State Secretary in 1969, federal secretary in 1974 and federal president in 1979.[3] He also became a director of 133 Sydney Rd Ltd, a company controlled by the union, which owned the R.J. Hawke Hotel, a hotel in Sydney Rd, Brunswick.[citation needed]

Landeryou was active also in the Australian Labor Party, and was President of Victorian Young Labor in 1964-66.[3] A supporter of the party's right-wing faction, and a close ally of the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Bob Hawke, Landeryou became a member of the party's Victorian Administrative Committee following the removal in 1971 of the left-wing group which had controlled the Victorian Labor Party since 1955.[citation needed]

In 1976 Landeryou was elected to the Legislative Council as member for Doutta Galla Province, a safe Labor seat in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. He was immediately elected to the front bench. The Opposition Leader, Clyde Holding, appointed him shadow minister for ethnic affairs and consumer affairs. In 1980 Holding's successor, Frank Wilkes, appointed Landeryou shadow minister for local government. In 1979 he became leader of the opposition in the Council.[3]

During 1981 Landeryou became convinced that Wilkes could not win the 1982 state election and supported his replacement by John Cain, which took place in September 1981.[citation needed] Cain appointed Landeryou shadow minister for employment. When Cain led Labor to victory in the April 1982 election, forming the first Labor government in Victoria since 1955, Landeryou was appointed Minister for Economic Development and Tourism. In December 1982 he became Minister for Industrial Affairs and he was also made Minister for Labour and Industry.[3]

Landeryou continued to serve in the Legislative Council until the defeat of the Labor government in 1992.[3] He then resigned to allow John Brumby to enter Parliament.[citation needed] Since leaving Parliament Landeryou has remained active in Labor Party affairs and pursued a career in business.[citation needed] His son, Andrew Landeryou, is the editor of a well-known political blog, VEXNEWS.


  1. ^ "Landeryou takes aim at enemies with blog". ABC. 4 May 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ Davis, Edward M (1987). Democracy in Australian Unions: A Comparative Study of Six Unions. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. p. 45. ISBN 0043202055. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Landeryou, William Albert". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 8 February 2010.