John Siddons

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John Siddons
Senator for Victoria
In office
1 July 1981 – 4 February 1983
In office
1 July 1985 – 5 June 1987
Personal details
Born (1927-10-05)5 October 1927
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 22 September 2016(2016-09-22) (aged 88)
Nationality Australian
Political party Democrats (1981–86)
Independent (1986–87)
Unite Australia (1987)
Occupation Businessman

John Royston Siddons (5 October 1927 – 22 September 2016) was an Australian politician. He was a businessman and the executive chairman of Siddons Industries Ltd. before entering politics.[1]

In 1980, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Democrats senator for Victoria. He was defeated at the 1983 election, when he was required to take second place on the Democrats ticket in deference to party leader Don Chipp. He was, however, re-elected in the 1984 election, when seven places were up for election due to the expansion of the Parliament. In 1986, he left the Democrats, claiming that the party had moved too far to the left. In 1987, he registered the Unite Australia Party, amalgamating two other minor parties, the Advance Australia Party and the remnants of the Australia Party. He was joined in the Senate by South Australian Democrat David Vigor. The new party contested the 1987 election but received under 1% in all states contested. Siddons[2] and Vigor[3] were both defeated. He died in 2016.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myer, Rod. "John Siddons: Never a grander man in Australian politics". The Age, 30 September 2016. Accessed 22 December 2016
  2. ^ Carr, Adam. "Australian Election Archive: Senate Victoria 1987". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam. "Australian Election Archive: Senate South Australia 1987". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  4. ^ Myer, Rod. "What made John Siddons one of Australia’s most unusual and enigmatic politicians". The New Daily, 29 September 2016. Accessed 22 December 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Siddons, John Royston; Gleeson, Russ. "A Spanner in the Works" (autobiography). Macmillan, Melbourne (1990)
  • Lack, John. "Siddons, Royston (1899–1976)" at Australian Dictionary of Biography online; published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 23 December 2016