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Bill Hayden

former Governor-General of Australia

William George "Bill" Hayden (born 23 January 1933) is an Australian politician. He served as the 21st Governor-General of Australia, in office from 1989 to 1996. He had been leader of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1983, as well serving as a cabinet minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments.


Bill Hayden
Bill Hayden 1988.jpg
21st Governor-General of Australia
In office
16 February 1989 – 16 February 1996
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded bySir Ninian Stephen
Succeeded bySir William Deane
Leader of the Opposition
In office
22 December 1977 – 3 February 1983
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
DeputyLionel Bowen
Preceded byGough Whitlam
Succeeded byBob Hawke
Party leadership positions
Leader of the Labor Party
In office
22 December 1977 – 3 February 1983
DeputyLionel Bowen
Preceded byGough Whitlam
Succeeded byBob Hawke
Ministerial positions
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
In office
11 March 1983 – 17 August 1988
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Preceded byTony Street
Succeeded byGareth Evans
Treasurer of Australia
In office
6 June 1975 – 11 November 1975
Prime MinisterGough Whitlam
Preceded byJim Cairns
Succeeded byPhillip Lynch
Minister for Social Security
In office
19 December 1972 – 6 June 1975
Prime MinisterGough Whitlam
Preceded byLance Barnard
Succeeded byJohn Wheeldon
Constituency
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Oxley
In office
9 December 1961 – 8 October 1988
Preceded byDonald Cameron
Succeeded byLes Scott
Personal details
Born
William George Hayden

(1933-01-23) 23 January 1933 (age 86)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)
Dallas Broadfoot
(m. 1960)
Children4
EducationBrisbane State High School
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationPolice officer
(Queensland Police Service)
ProfessionPolitician

Hayden was elected to the House of Representatives when he was 28 years old. He replaced Jim Cairns as Treasurer in 1975, but served for only five months.

In early 1977, Hayden challenged Whitlam for the party leadership and was defeated by just two votes. He replaced Whitlam as Leader of the Opposition at the end of the year when Whitlam resigned as a result of Labor's defeat at the 1977 election.[1] He was replaced by Bob Hawke in 1983.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Paul Keating, 'The Hayden Oration 29 September 2017', University of Southern Queensland, Ipswich Campus, Queensland. A summary of Keating's remarks was carried in several major Australian newspapers, including in Mark Kenny, 'Bill Hayden, the most visionary PM we never had, says Paul Keating', The Age, 30 September 2017.

Other websitesEdit

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