Neil McInnes (politician)

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Neil Malcolm McInnes (26 August 1924 – 2 April 2005) was an Australian politician.

He was born at Loy Yang to farmer Norman Willie McInnes and Christina Elizabeth Pentland. Educated at Tinamba and Maffra, he subsequently studied at Dookie Agricultural College and Melbourne University. In 1941 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, and from 1943 to 1945 was a flight lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force. On his return he ran the family property at Tinamba and worked as a civil air pilot, being awarded the Royal Humane Society silver medal in 1947 for his role in an air rescue. He was also a company director, primarily in aviation companies, and in 1953 was the first pilot in the Citizen Air Force to break the sound barrier. From 1951 to 1955 he served on Maffra Shire Council. On 5 May 1956 he married Madge Jessep, with whom he had one daughter. In 1973 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Country Party member for Gippsland South. In August 1980 he resigned from his party (now known as the National Party) and defected to the Liberal Party. He was defeated in 1982. McInnes died in 2005 at Sale.[1]


  1. ^ Parliament of Victoria (2001). "McInnes, Neil Malcolm". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
James Taylor
Member for Gippsland South
Succeeded by
Tom Wallace