Kevin Cairns (politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
30 November 1963 – 2 December 1972
|Preceded by||Don Cameron|
|Succeeded by||Frank Doyle|
18 May 1974 – 18 October 1980
|Preceded by||Frank Doyle|
|Succeeded by||Elaine Darling|
15 May 1929|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Died||6 July 1984(aged 55)|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Relations||Clare Martin (niece)|
Cairns was born and educated in Sydney at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. He qualified as a dentist and once in Parliament also gained degrees in arts and economics. A member of the Liberal Party of Australia, he made three unsuccessful bids for the Division of Brisbane in Queensland before finally being elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the nearby seat of Lilley. He was Minister for Housing in the junior ministry of William McMahon from 22 March 1971 to the defeat of the McMahon government at the 1972 election, when he lost his own seat by 35 votes. He won Lilley back at the 1974 election, but was again defeated at the 1980 election.
Cairns worked as an economic consultant for the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation and Mount Isa Mines. He was a member of the Independent Air Fares Committee under the Fraser and the Hawke governments, when the federal government regulated airfares on interstate routes. He eventually became President of the Queensland Economic Society.
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Dame Annabelle Rankin
|Minister for Housing
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Lilley
|Member for Lilley
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