|Senator for Tasmania|
18 May 1974 – 11 November 1975
|Born||6 June 1923|
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
|Died||10 March 1979 (aged 55)|
Rocky Cape, Tasmania, Australia
Eric James Bessell (6 June 1923 – 10 March 1979) was an Australian politician. Born in Launceston, Tasmania, he was a pastoralist before serving in the military 1943-1944. He served as President of the Tasmanian Liberal Party in 1966 and 1973. In 1974, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for Tasmania. He was defeated in 1975 after being demoted to sixth place on the ballot paper to make way for real estate agent Brian Archer and nurse Shirley Walters. Bessell died in 1979.
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