Members of the Australian Senate, 1965–1968

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Senate composition at 1 July 1965
Government (30) - (1 seat minority)
     Liberal (24) [i]
     Country Party (6)

Opposition (27)
     Labor (27)

Crossbench (3)
     DLP (2)
     Independents (1)
 
Changes in composition

  1. ^ At the November 1966 House of Representatives election Liberal Senator Reg Withers was defeated for a casual vacancy by Labor candidate Laurie Wilkinson.

This is a list of members of the Australian Senate from 1965 to 1968.[1] Half of its members were elected at the 9 December 1961 election and had terms starting on 1 July 1962 and finishing on 30 June 1968; the other half were elected at the 5 December 1964 half Senate election and had terms starting on 1 July 1965 and finishing on 30 June 1971. The process for filling casual vacancies was complex. While senators were elected for a six year term, people appointed to a casual vacancy only held office until the earlier of the next election for the House of Representatives or the Senate.[2]

Senator Party State End term Years in Office
Anderson, KenKen Anderson   Liberal New South Wales 1971 1953–1975
Benn, ArchieArchie Benn   Labor Queensland 1968 1950–1968
Bishop, RegReg Bishop   Labor South Australia 1968 1962–1981
Branson, GeorgeGeorge Branson   Liberal Western Australia 1971 1958–1971
Breen, MarieMarie Breen   Liberal Victoria 1968 1962–1968
Bull, TomTom Bull   Country New South Wales 1971 1965–1971
Cant, HarryHarry Cant   Labor Western Australia 1971 1959–1974
Cavanagh, JimJim Cavanagh   Labor South Australia 1968 1962–1981
Cohen, SamSam Cohen   Labor Victoria 1968 1962–1969
Hon. Walter Cooper [a]   Country Queensland 1968 1928–1932, 1935–1968
Cormack, MagnusMagnus Cormack   Liberal Victoria 1968 1951–1953, 1962–1978
Cotton, BobBob Cotton [b]   Liberal New South Wales 1966,[c] 1968 1965–1978
Davidson, GordonGordon Davidson   Liberal South Australia 1971 1961, 1962, 1965–1981
Devitt, DonDon Devitt   Labor Tasmania 1971 1965–1978
Dittmer, FelixFelix Dittmer   Labor Queensland 1971 1959–1971
Drake-Brockman, TomTom Drake-Brockman   Country Western Australia 1971 1958, 1959–1978
Drury, ArnoldArnold Drury   Labor South Australia 1971 1959–1975
Fitzgerald, JoeJoe Fitzgerald   Labor New South Wales 1968 1962–1974
Hon. Vince Gair   DLP Queensland 1971 1965–1974
Hon. John Gorton [d]   Liberal Victoria 1971 1950–1968
Greenwood, IvorIvor Greenwood [d]   Liberal Victoria 1969,[c] 1971 1968–1976
Hannaford, CliveClive Hannaford [e]   Liberal South Australia 1968 1950–1967
Heatley, BillBill Heatley [f]   Liberal Queensland 1966,[c] 1968 1966–1968
Hendrickson, BertBert Hendrickson   Labor Victoria 1971 1947–1971
Hon. Denham Henty   Liberal Tasmania 1968 1950–1968
Keeffe, JimJim Keeffe   Labor Queensland 1971 1965–1983
Kennelly, PatPat Kennelly   Labor Victoria 1971 1953–1971
Lacey, BertBert Lacey   Labor Tasmania 1971 1965–1971
Laucke, CondorCondor Laucke [e]   Liberal South Australia 1968 [c] 1967–1981
Laught, KeithKeith Laught   Liberal South Australia 1971 1951–1969
Lawrie, EllisEllis Lawrie   Liberal Queensland 1971 1965–1975
Lillico, ElliotElliot Lillico   Liberal Tasmania 1971 1959–1974
Doug McClelland   Labor New South Wales 1968 1962–1987
Colin McKellar   Country New South Wales 1968 1958–1970
Hon. Nick McKenna   Labor Tasmania 1968 1944–1968
Frank McManus   DLP Victoria 1971 1956–1962, 1965–1974
Hon. Alister McMullin   Liberal New South Wales 1971 1951–1971
Marriott, JohnJohn Marriott   Liberal Tasmania 1971 1953–1975
Hon. Ted Mattner   Liberal South Australia 1968 1944–1946, 1950–1968
Morris, KennethKenneth Morris   Liberal Queensland 1968 1963–1968
Mulvihill, TonyTony Mulvihill   Labor New South Wales 1971 1965–1983
Murphy, LionelLionel Murphy   Labor New South Wales 1968 1962–1975
Nicholls, TheoTheo Nicholls   Labor South Australia 1968 1944–1968
Justin O'Byrne   Labor Tasmania 1971 1947–1981
Ormonde, JamesJames Ormonde   Labor New South Wales 1971 1958, 1959–1970
Hon Shane Paltridge [g]   Liberal Western Australia 1968 1951–1966
Poke, BobBob Poke   Labor Tasmania 1968 1956–1974
Poyser, GeorgeGeorge Poyser [h]   Labor Victoria 1966,[c] 1968 1966–1975
Prowse, EdgarEdgar Prowse   Country Western Australia 1968 1962–1973
Rankin, AnnabelleDame Annabelle Rankin   Liberal Queensland 1968 1947–1971
Ridley, ClemClem Ridley   Labor South Australia 1971 1959–1971
Sandford, CharlesCharles Sandford [h]   Labor Victoria 1968 1947–1956, 1957–1966
Scott, MalcolmMalcolm Scott   Liberal Western Australia 1971 1950–1971
Sherrington, BobBob Sherrington [f]   Liberal Queensland 1968 1962–1966
Sim, PeterPeter Sim [i]   Liberal Western Australia 1966,[c] 1968 1964–1981
Hon. Bill Spooner [b]   Liberal New South Wales 1968 1950–1965
Tangney, DorothyDame Dorothy Tangney   Labor Western Australia 1971 1943–1968
Toohey, JimJim Toohey   Labor South Australia 1971 1953–1971
Turnbull, RegReg Turnbull   Independent Tasmania 1968 1962–1974
Webster, JamesJames Webster [j]   Country Victoria 1966,[c] 1968 1964–1981
Wedgwood, IvyDame Ivy Wedgwood   Liberal Victoria 1971 1950–1971
Wheeldon, JohnJohn Wheeldon   Labor Western Australia 1971 1964–1981
Wilkinson, LaurieLaurie Wilkinson [g]   Labor Western Australia 1968 1966–1974
Willesee, DonDon Willesee   Labor Western Australia 1968 1950–1975
Withers, RegReg Withers [g]   Liberal Western Australia 1966 [c] 1966, 1968–1987
Wood, IanIan Wood   Liberal Queensland 1971 1950–1978
Wright, RegReg Wright   Liberal Tasmania 1968 1950–1978

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Father of the Senate
  2. ^ a b Liberal Senator Bill Spooner resigned on 14 July 1965; Liberal member Bob Cotton was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 4 August and served to the November 1966 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1968.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Appointed to a casual vacancy and only held office until the earlier of the next election for the House of Representatives or the Senate.[2]
  4. ^ a b Liberal Senator John Gorton was sworn in as Prime Minister on 10 January 1968 after the disappearance of Harold Holt and is the only senator to be Prime Minister. Convention required the Prime Minister to be a member of the House of Representatives and Gorton resigned from the Senate on 1 February 1968 to successfully contest Holt's old seat. Liberal member Ivor Greenwood was appointed to fill the ensuing Senate vacancy on 21 February until a special election at the October 1969 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1971.
  5. ^ a b Liberal Senator Clive Hannaford died on 24 October 1967; Liberal member Condor Laucke was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 2 November to complete the term until 30 June 1968.
  6. ^ a b Liberal Senator Bob Sherrington died on 16 March 1966; Liberal member Bill Heatley was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 14 April until a special election at the November 1966 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1968.
  7. ^ a b c Liberal Senator Shane Paltridge died on 21 January 1966; Liberal member Reg Withers was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 17 February but he was defeated for the seat at the November 1966 House of Representatives election by Labor candidate Laurie Wilkinson.
  8. ^ a b Labor Senator Charles Sandford died on 22 October 1966; Labor member George Poyser was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 26 October until a special election at the November 1966 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1968.
  9. ^ Liberal Party Senator Seddon Vincent died on 9 November 1964; Liberal Party member Peter Sim was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 26 November until a special election at the November 1966 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1968.
  10. ^ Country Party Senator Harrie Wade died on 18 November 1964; Country Party member James Webster was appointed to fill the ensuing vacancy on 9 December until a special election at the November 1966 House of Representatives election, when he was elected to complete the term until 30 June 1968.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate 1965". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, H. "Filling Casual Vacancies before 1977" (PDF). The Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, Volume 3. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 

 

Members of the Australian Parliament
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