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Independent Labor Group

The Independent Labor Group was a minor Australian political grouping in the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1959 to 1977. The group emerged when a number of Labor Party MLCs were expelled from the party for voting against the abolition of the Legislative Council, which was then party policy.[1]

Eight Labor MLCs were expelled in 1959, and they were formally constituted as the Independent Labor Group on 22 August 1961, electing Thomas Gleeson as their leader. They held the balance of power throughout most of the early 1960s, increasing their numbers to ten in 1961, when the Coalition aided the election of Amelia Rygate.[2] In the late 1960s, however, the group's power began to diminish. Amelia Rygate rejoined the Labor Party in 1966; Anne Press joined the Liberal Party in 1967. The last Independent Labor representative, Cyril Cahill, died in 1977.[1]

Parliamentarians

MLC Term
Thomas Gleeson [3][4] 1959–1975
Cyril Cahill [1] 1959–1977
Donald Cochrane [5] 1959–1964
Patrick Grace [6] 1959–1964
Charles Hackett [7] 1959–1964
John Kenny [8] 1959–1970
Anne Press [9][10] 1959–1967
Gerald Rygate [11] 1959–1960
Harry Gardiner[12] 1960–1974
Michael Quinn [13][14] 1960–1965
Amelia Rygate [15][16] 1961–1966
Norman Boland [17] 1966–1970
Hubert O'Connell [18][19] 1967–1971

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mr Cyril Joseph Cahill". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ Clune, David; Griffith, Gareth. Decision and Deliberation: The Parliament of New South Wales 1856-2003. The Federation Press. pp. 411–413.
  3. ^ Parliamentary leader, 1961–1975.
  4. ^ "Mr Thomas Patrick Gleeson". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr Donald Vincent Cochrane". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Mr Patrick Raphael Grace". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "The Hon. Charles Hackett". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr John Lesley Kenny". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ Resigned in 1967 to join the Liberal Party.
  10. ^ "The Hon. Anne Elizabeth Press". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Mr Gerald Blake Rygate". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Mr John Henry Gardiner". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ Resigned from the ALP the day of his appointment. Died in office.
  14. ^ "Mr Michael Thomas Leslie Quinn". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  15. ^ Readmitted to the ALP in 1966.
  16. ^ "The Hon. Amelia Elizabeth Mary Rygate". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Mr Norman Thomas Boland". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  18. ^ Died in office.
  19. ^ "The Hon. Hubert David O'Connell". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
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