Dick Klugman

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Dick Klugman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Prospect
In office
25 October 1969 – 19 February 1990
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Janice Crosio
Personal details
Born (1924-01-13)13 January 1924
Vienna, Austria
Died 21 February 2011(2011-02-21) (aged 87)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Austrian Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Doctor

Richard Emanuel "Dick" Klugman (18 January 1924 – 21 February 2011) was an Austrian-born Australian politician.

Born in Vienna, Klugman migrated to Australia in 1938 at the age of 14, in order to escape the Anschluss (his family was Jewish). Having graduated from the University of Sydney, he became a doctor, and was resident medical officer at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital before starting work (1954) as a general practitioner in the city's western suburbs.

In 1969, Klugman was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for the new seat of Prospect, itself a western-Sydney constituency. He was the first MP since 1917 not born in the British Commonwealth. Klugman held the Prospect seat until his retirement in 1990.[1] Although he did not hold any ministerial offices, he was better known and more widely respected than many who did. A firm anti-communist, he was one of the few federal parliamentarians who in 1976 boycotted the House of Representatives' tributes to the recently deceased Chairman Mao.


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
new seat
Member for Prospect
Succeeded by
Janice Crosio