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Jim Maloney (politician)

Jim Maloney
Australian Minister to the Soviet Union
In office
5 November 1943 – 12 August 1946
Preceded byBill Slater
Succeeded byNoël Deschamps
Minister for Labour and Industry
In office
15 March 1956 – 13 May 1965
PremierJoseph Cahill
Bob Heffron
Jack Renshaw
Preceded byAbe Landa
Succeeded byEric Willis
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
13 August 1941 – 16 February 1972
Preceded byFrank Wall
Succeeded byTed Humphries
Personal details
Born(1901-06-26)26 June 1901
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Died28 January 1982(1982-01-28) (aged 80)
Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party (New South Wales Branch)

James Joseph Maloney (26 June 1901[1] – 28 January 1982) was an Australian Labor politician and diplomat.

Early life and career

He was born in Goulburn to baker James Moloney and Mary Ann Pickels. He was educated locally and became a messenger boy, subsequently moving to Sydney to become a bootmaker. On 19 April 1924 he married Emily Dent, with whom he had four children.[2]

He had joined the Labor Party and the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation in 1915; he was New South Wales secretary of the union from 1932 to 1943, federal president from 1936 to 1940 and federal secretary from 1940 to 1943.

He was also a delegate to the Trades and Labor Council from 1927 to 1943, an executive member from 1930 to 1943, and president from 1940 to 1943.

Political and diplomatic career

From 1941 to 1972 he was a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council; during this period he was a Minister without Portfolio from 1954 to 1956 and Minister for Labour and Industry from 1956 to 1965. From 1966 to 1971 he was Deputy Leader of the Opposition.[3]

Prime Minister John Curtin appointed him the Australian Minister to the Soviet Union between December 1943 and February 1946.[4] He was granted leave of absence from the Legislative Council to take up this post.

Later life

Maloney died at Kogarah in 1982.[2]


  1. ^ This date is according to the website of the Parliament of NSW. The Australian Dictionary of Biography says he was born on 28 July 1901
  2. ^ a b Deery, Phillip (2012). "Maloney, James Joseph (1901–1982)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Mr James Joseph Maloney (1901-1982)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "NEW MINISTER TO RUSSIA". The Sydney Morning Herald. NSW. 6 November 1943. p. 8 – via Trove.
Parliament of New South Wales Preceded byFrank Wall Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council 1941 – 1972 Succeeded byTed Humphries Diplomatic posts Preceded byBill Slater Australian Minister to the Soviet Union 1943 – 1946 Succeeded byNoël Deschampsas Chargé d'Affaires Political offices Preceded byAbe Landa Minister for Labour and Industry 1956 – 1965 Succeeded byEric Willis New title Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council 1966 – 1971 Succeeded byNeville Wran
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