Paul Landa

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Paul Landa
QC
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
23 April 1973 – 3 March 1984
Succeeded by Fred Hankinson
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Peats
In office
24 March 1984 – 24 November 1984
Preceded by Keith O'Connell
Succeeded by Tony Doyle
Personal details
Born David Paul Landa
(1941-05-29)29 May 1941
St Peters, New South Wales, Australia
Died 24 November 1984(1984-11-24) (aged 43)
Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Citizenship Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Annika (1968–1984)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Lawyer
Religion Jewish

David Paul Landa, QC (29 May 1941 – 24 November 1984) was an Australian politician. In public life, he was called "Paul Landa". He was a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1973 to 1984, and the member for Peats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1984. He was a government minister from 1976 to 1984.

Landa was born in St Peters in Sydney to Maurice and Fay Landa, who were of Irish/Polish descent and had migrated from Belfast. He was educated at Kogarah High School and Sydney Boys' High School in 1956-58[1] before studying for a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He became a solicitor in 1964 and was admitted to the bar in 1974. On 17 December 1968, he married Annika. He was Jewish.[2] He was the nephew of Abe Landa, who was also a NSW Government Minister.

In 1973, Landa was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council as a Labor member. He became Minister for Industrial Relations in 1976, although later that year he became the Minister for Planning and Environment and became Vice-President of the Executive Council. In that year he also became the Government's Leader in the Upper House. He became Education Minister in 1980, Energy Minister in 1981 and Attorney General in 1983. In 1984, he transferred to the lower house, winning the seat of Peats.[3]

He was generally seen as an outstanding politician who was probably destined for the party leadership, but later that year he died at Vaucluse, while playing tennis. It is believed he suffered a heart attack. He was 43.

Legacy[edit]

There is a public foreshore park in Pearl Beach (Gosford City, NSW), called "Paul Landa Reserve", dedicated to Paul Landa's service.

Since 2004, the David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for Pianists has been awarded to a piano finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. The scholarship provides the winner with concert engagements with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva Australia, and a cash prize to enable overseas study.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shsobu.org.au/wp-content/uploads/mps.pdf
  2. ^ Parliament of New South Wales (2008). "The Hon. David Paul Landa". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony (2010). "Contests for Peats". NSW Election Database. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ State of the Arts News, 24 August 2004
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Fuller
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
1976 – 1984
Succeeded by
Barrie Unsworth
Vice-President of the Executive Council
1976 – 1984
Preceded by
Frederick Hewitt
as Minister for Labour and Industry
Minister for Industrial Relations
1976
Succeeded by
Pat Hills
Preceded by
Harry Jensen
as Minister for Planning
Minister for Planning and Environment
1976 – 1980
Succeeded by
Eric Bedford
Preceded by
Bill Crabtree
as Minister for Environment
Preceded by
Eric Bedford
Minister for Education
1980 – 1981
Succeeded by
Ron Mulock
Preceded by
Pat Hills
Minister for Energy
1981 – 1983
Succeeded by
Terry Sheahan
Preceded by
Lin Gordon
Minister for Water Resources
1981 – 1983
Succeeded by
Paul Whelan
Preceded by
Frank Walker
Attorney General of New South Wales
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Neville Wran
Minister for Justice
1983 – 1984
Vacant
Title next held by
Terry Griffiths
Preceded by
Paul Whelan
Minister for Consumer Affairs
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
George Paciullo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Leroy Serisier
Leader of the Labor Party in the Legislative Council
1976 – 1984
Succeeded by
Barrie Unsworth
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Keith O'Connell
Member for Peats
1984
Succeeded by
Tony Doyle