James Webster (Australian politician)
|Senator for Victoria|
9 December 1964 – 28 January 1980
|Preceded by||Harrie Wade|
|Succeeded by||Laurence Neal|
|Born||14 June 1925|
Flinders Island, Tasmania
|Political party||Australian Country Party|
The son of state MP Leslie Webster, he was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He worked as an accountant and farmer prior to entering politics. Webster was appointed to the Senate as a member of the Country Party following the death of Harrie Wade in 1964, and served in the Senate until 1980.
In 1975, his constitutional eligibility to sit in the Senate was questioned, prompting the Parliament to introduce the Common Informers (Parliamentary Disqualifications) Act 1975, although ultimately the High Court found that he was not ineligible and he continued to serve until his retirement in 1980.
- "Webster, James Joseph (1925–)". The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate. Parliament of Australia.
- Re Webster  HCA 22, (1975) 132 C.L.R. 270 (24 June 1975), H.C.
- Harris, I. C. (2005). House of Representatives Practice (PDF). Canberra: Department of the House of Representatives. p. 154. ISBN 0 642 78510 4.
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