Syd Negus

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Syd Negus
Senator for Western Australia
In office
1 July 1971 – 18 May 1974
Personal details
Born (1912-03-12)12 March 1912
Died 1 August 1986(1986-08-01) (aged 74)
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent
Occupation Carpenter, contractor

Sydney Ambrose "Syd" Negus (12 March 1912 – 1 August 1986) was an Australian politician who was an Independent Senator for Western Australia from 1971 until 1974.[1] He was previously a carpenter and building contractor.[2]

Negus was elected largely on an anti-inheritance tax platform following the death of his brother, Oscar Negus a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and a realisation of the impost of the tax on widows.[3] His campaign established a groundswell of public support and Queensland was the first state to abolish inheritance taxes in 1977; the Commonwealth and other states followed soon after by abolishing their respective inheritance and gift taxes.[2]

He was defeated in the 1974 election. He later contested the 1975 Bass by-election as an independent, and at the 1980 federal election for the far-right, anti-immigration Progressive Conservative Party.


  1. ^ Parliamentary Handbook - Members of the Senate since 1901
  2. ^ a b David G. Duff (2005). "The Abolition of Wealth Transfer Taxes: Lessons from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand". University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Review of Western Australian State Taxes 1994". Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law. December 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-23.