Sam Jones (Australian politician)
|Born||Samuel Barry Jones
8 July 1923
Newcastle, New South Wales
|Died||26 January 1999
Waratah, New South Wales
|Education||Newcastle Boys High School|
Samuel Barry Jones was born in Newcastle. He was the son of a steelworker and a brother of Charlie Jones. He was educated to intermediate level at Newcastle Boys' High School and trained as a fitter and turner. He was an office-holder in the Amalgamated Engineering Union.
Sam Jones joined the Australian Labor Party in 1945 and served as vice president and secretary of Tighes Hill branch, vice president of Newcastle and Waratah State Electorate Councils and secretary of Newcastle Federal Electorate Council.
During debate in the Legislative Assembly in August 1979, the member for South Coast, Mr John Hatton accused Jones of being involved in the cover-up of a horse doping scandal. Jones vigorously denied the allegations and sued the Sydney Morning Herald for defamation over its reporting of the allegations. His action failed in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Jones was left with a significant debt.
Jones lost ALP pre-selection for the seat prior to the general election of 1984. He ran as an independent candidate against John Price, the endorsed Labor candidate. He finished third in the election with 24% of the vote and was subsequently expelled from the ALP.
He was declared bankrupt in 1985.
Of his brother, Charlie Jones said:"He most certainly did have a very colourful career, but I think he would like to be remembered as the Labor man he was ... Sam was an aggressive man who fought hard for the underdog."
Sam Jones died in the Mater Hospital, Waratah to which he had been admitted after a stroke; he had previously been treated for a brain tumour. A memorial ceremony was held at St Mark's Anglican Church, Islington.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Waratah
1965 – 1984
- "Mr Samuel Barry JONES (1923 - 1999)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Sam Jones. Politician. 1923 - 1999. (Obituary. Reprinted from The Newcastle Herald)". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 February 1999. p. 31.
- "Appeal over defamation decision is dismissed". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 19 March 1986. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
- Government of New South Wales. Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Index of Registers of Marriages. (database online). 29423/1960 Islington. JONES, Samuel Barry; JONES, Patricia