John Sullivan (Australian politician)

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John Sullivan
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Riverina
In office
18 May 1974 – 10 December 1977
Preceded by Al Grassby
Succeeded by John FitzPatrick
Personal details
Born (1929-02-07) 7 February 1929 (age 88)
Narrandera, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Mollie O'Sullivan

John William Sullivan (born 7 February 1929) was an Australian politician.

Sullivan was born in Narrandera, New South Wales and educated at Narranderra High School, St Patrick's College, Goulburn, Royal Military College, Duntroon. He married Mollie O'Sullivan in July 1955 and they had two daughters and two sons.[1]

Sullivan was a representative for the Division of Riverina in New South Wales in the Australian House of Representatives from 1974 to 1977. He was a member of the National Party of Australia, which was named the Country Party when he joined Parliament and was renamed the National Country Party in the 1975 elections.[2] He narrowly defeated Labor Immigration Minister Al Grassby in the 1974 election, winning by 864 votes. He was comfortably reelected in the massive Coalition landslide of 1975. Ahead of the 1977 federal election, a redistribution dramatically altered Riverina. The neighbouring seat of Darling, one of the few safe country seats for Labor, was abolished, and the bulk of its territory, including the Labor stronghold of Broken Hill, was merged into Riverina. Sullivan previously held Riverina with a comfortably safe majority of 11 percent, but the redistribution erased his majority and gave Labor a notional majority of two percent. Even though the Coalition was easily reelected, Sullivan lost his seat to the former member for Darling, Labor's John FitzPatrick.

He was the Country Party member for Sturt in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from February to August 1981, winning a by-election caused by Tim Fischer's resignation to contest a by-election for the seat of Murray in 1980.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Mr John William Sullivan (1929 - )". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Handbook". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Al Grassby
Member for Riverina
Succeeded by
John FitzPatrick
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Tim Fischer
Member for Sturt
Succeeded by
Seat abolished