Independent Labor Group
The Independent Labor Group was a minor Australian political grouping in the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1959 to 1977. The group emerged when a number of Labor Party MLCs were expelled from the party for voting against the abolition of the Legislative Council, which was then party policy.
Eight Labor MLCs were expelled in 1959, and they were formally constituted as the Independent Labor Group on 22 August 1961, electing Thomas Gleeson as their leader. They held the balance of power throughout most of the early 1960s, increasing their numbers to ten in 1961, when the Coalition aided the election of Amelia Rygate. In the late 1960s, however, the group's power began to diminish. Amelia Rygate rejoined the Labor Party in 1966; Anne Press joined the Liberal Party in 1967. The last Independent Labor representative, Cyril Cahill, died in 1977.
- Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "Mr Cyril Joseph Cahill". Retrieved 5 October 2010.
- Clune, David; Griffith, Gareth. Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003. The Federation Press. pp. 411–413.
- Parliamentary leader, 1961–1975.
- Resigned in 1967 to join the Liberal Party.
- Resigned from the ALP the day of his appointment. Died in office.
- Readmitted to the ALP in 1966.
- Died in office.