John Daly (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
John Daly
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Senator for South Australia
In office
17 November 1928 – 30 June 1935
Personal details
Born (1891-11-10)10 November 1891
Thebarton, South Australia
Died 13 April 1942(1942-04-13) (aged 50)
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1928–34)
Independent (1934–35)
Profession Barrister

John Joseph Daly (10 November 1891 – 13 April 1942) was an Australian politician.

Daly was born at Hemington, now part of the Adelaide suburb of Thebarton and educated at St John the Baptist School, Thebarton, but left at 13. He continued his education at Remington Training College and became an office-boy in the legal firm of Sir Josiah Symon and later conveyancing clerk for William Joseph Denny and Francis Villeneuve Smith. He was called to the bar in 1919 and handled much trade union work. He married Eva Bird in October 1918.[1]

Political career[edit]

Daly joined the Australian Workers' Union in 1914 and was a member of the executive of the South Australian branch off the Australian Labor Party from 1918 to 1928. He ran unsuccessfully for the South Australian Legislative Council in 1921 and for the Australian Senate in 1925. He was elected to the Senate in 1928 and was the following June unanimously elected Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.[2]

With the election of the Scullin government in 1929, Daly became Senate leader and Vice-President of the Executive Council and minister in charge of development and migration, and of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in the Scullin Ministry. From August 1930 to January 1931, he acted as Attorney-General and allegedly had H. V. Evatt and Edward McTiernan appointed to the High Court of Australia against Scullin's wishes. He opposed the Scullin government's deflationary Niemeyer Plan and was removed from cabinet by caucus in March 1931, but following a change in his attitude to support the similar Premiers' Plan was restored to cabinet in June 1931 as minister without portfolio. He was expelled from the party by the South Australian branch for supporting Scullin's economic policies and failed to gain preselection for the Senate for the 1934 election. Following the expiration of his Senate term, he returned to his private practice.[1]

Daly died in North Adelaide survived by his wife and his five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Broomhill, Ray (1981). "Daly, John Joseph (1891–1942)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 15 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "The Senate: Mr. Daly Opposition Leader". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 26 June 1929. p. 13. 
Political offices
Preceded by
George Pearce
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
John Barnes
Preceded by
Albert Green
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Ben Chifley
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ted Needham
Leader of the Australian Labor Party in the Senate
Succeeded by
John Barnes