Reg Bishop

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The Honourable
Reg Bishop
Senator for South Australia
In office
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1981
Personal details
Born (1913-02-04)4 February 1913
Adelaide, South Australia
Died 3 July 1999(1999-07-03) (aged 86)
Political party Labor

Reginald Bishop AO (4 February 1913 – 3 July 1999) was an Australian politician. He was born in Adelaide and left school at fifteen and became a clerk in the South Australian Railways at the Islington Railway Workshops. He was an official of the Australian Railways Union from 1937 until 1956 and Secretary of the South Australian Trades and Labour Council from 1956 until 1962. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II and served from February 1943 until January 1946 in Darwin and Borneo.[1][2]

Bishop was an Australian Labor Party Senator for South Australia from the 1961 elections until his retirement in June 1981. After the election of the Whitlam government at the 1972 elections, he was Minister for Repatriation and Minister assisting the Minister for Defence. From June 1974, he was the second last Postmaster-General and oversaw the creation of Telecom and Australia Post as statutory authorities, replacing the former Postmaster-General's Department. He also implemented the introduction of FM radio and the abolition of television and radio licence fees.[2][3]

Bishop was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 1984.[4] He was survived by a daughter and son, but his wife of more than sixty years, Connie predeceased him in 1997.[2]


  1. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Hill, Robert (9 August 1999). "Condolences—Bishop, Hon. Reginald, AO". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Schacht, Chris (9 August 1999). "Condolences—Bishop, Hon. Reginald, AO". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Bishop, Reginald". It's an honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 19 November 2007. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mac Holten
Minister for Repatriation
Succeeded by
John Wheeldon
Preceded by
Lionel Bowen
Succeeded by
Peter Nixon