George Weatherill (politician)

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George Weatherill
In office
11 February 1986 – 1 September 2000
Personal details
Born 1936
Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children Jay Weatherill
Profession wharf labourer, union official, member of parliament

George Weatherill (born 1936), often referred to as ″Bolshi-George″, was a former Australian politician and Deputy Leader of the South Australian Labor Party. From 1986 until 2000 he represented the Australian Labor Party in the South Australian Legislative Council.[1]

Weatherill came from England's industrial north. In Australia, he stacked wool on Port Adelaide's wharves before becoming an official with the Australian Government Workers' Association, (AGWA) which was later incorporationed in the national union the Miscellaneous Workers' Union. He is the father of Jay Weatherill who was Premier of South Australia between 2011 and 2018.[2]

Highly respected as an effective negotiator and organiser he was instrumental in 'cleaning up' aspects of the AGWA administration which was adversely affected by the "Thompson" affair - whereby the former AGWA Secretary absconded with union funds.


  1. ^ "Former Member of Parliament Details". SA Parliament. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Debelle, Penelope (2 August 2011). "Smooth operator Jay Weatherill is ready for top job". The Advertiser. 

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