John Keating (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
John Keating
John Henry Keating.jpg
Senator for Tasmania
In office
29 March 1901 – 30 June 1923
Personal details
Born (1872-06-28)28 June 1872
Hobart, Tasmania
Died 31 October 1940(1940-10-31) (aged 68)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Protectionist (1901–09)
Liberal (1909–17)
Nationalist (1917–23)
Spouse(s) Sarah Alice Monks
Occupation Solicitor

John Henry Keating (28 June 1872 – 31 October 1940) was an Australian politician.

Keating was born in Hobart and educated at Officer College, Hobart, Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, Sydney and the University of Tasmania where he received a Bachelor of Laws in 1896. He established a legal practice in Launceston and became a campaigner for federation and secretary of the Northern Tasmanian Federation League. He married Sarah Alice "Lallie" Monks in January 1906.[1]

Political career[edit]

Keating stood unsuccessfully for the Tasmanian House of Assembly seat of George Town in 1900. In the 1901 election, he was elected to the Australian Senate as the youngest member of the Parliament, where he supported the Protectionist Party governments of Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin. He supported the establishment of a system of compulsory conciliation and arbitration a Commonwealth old-age pension scheme and a White Australia. He was appointed an honorary minister in the second Deakin Ministry in July 1905 and Vice-President of the Executive Council in October 1906. He was responsible for the drafting of the 1905 Copyright Act. He was Minister for Home Affairs from January 1907 to November 1908 and was responsible for passing a bill to provide bounties to assist industry and a bill to establish the Commonwealth quarantine service. He sat on the backbench during Deakin's Fusion government. Although he fully supported Australia's participation in World War I, he voted to force the Hughes government to an election in 1917 in protest at Hughes' manoeuvering to have the Tasmanian Government replace Labor Senator Rudolph Ready—who had been forced by ill-health to resign—with the Nationalist John Earle, thus gaining control of the Senate. He failed to win re-election as a Nationalist at the 1922 election and returned to his legal practice.[1]

Keating's wife died in October 1939 and he died a year later of the effects of a duodenal ulcer, survived by a son and a daughter.[1] He was the last surviving member of Alfred Deakin's 1906-1907 Cabinet.


  1. ^ a b c Beresford, Quentin (1983). "Keating, John Henry (1872 - 1940)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Ewing
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Robert Best
Minister for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Hugh Mahon