Past Members

Michael Francis McCormack - Current Serving Member

Michael Francis McCormack

  • Born 2 August 1964 in Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • Raised on family properties at Brucedale and Marrar
  • Educated at Saint Joseph’s, Henschke Primary, St Michael’s Regional High and Trinity Senior High School
  • Worked as a Rugby League ground announcer at Eric Weissel Oval while still at school
  • Began work as a reporter at The Daily Advertiser 1981; promoted to sub-editor 1988; acting editor 1991; editor (at 27 years of age was youngest in Australasia at the time) 1992; group editor Riverina Media Group 1996
  • Started own company MSS Media Services & Solutions 2002
  • Chairman, Kay Hull’s Federal Election Campaign Committees 2004 and 2007
  • Vice-Chairman, The Nationals’ Riverina Electorate Council 2010-11
  • Married Catherine Shaw in 1986; children Georgina, Alexander and Nicholas
  • Spearheaded movement to save the RAAF base at Forest Hill in 1997 which resulted in the retention and expansion of the base
  • Co-author of 7 local history publications as well as a business/tourism book New South Wales: Linking Australia to the World, 2003.
  • President, St Michael’s Cricket Club, Wagga Wagga 1988-92
  • Secretary, Harlequins Hockey Club, Wagga Wagga 1991; awarded life membership 1996
  • Coach and Manager, Henwood Park Soccer Club junior teams 2003-08
  • Director, Murrumbidgee Turf Club 1994-2003
  • President, Wagga Wagga Basketball Association 2009
  • Honorary member of the Officer’s Mess at ARTC Kapooka
  • House of Representatives Standing Committees: House; Regional Australia 2010-11
  • Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance 2013-15
  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister September 2015-February 2016
  • Assistant Minister for Defence February 2016-

 

Kay Elizabeth Hull (née McElroy)

Kay Elizabeth Hull

  • Born 3 February 1954 in Guyra, NSW
  • Married Graeme Hull, three sons
  • Small business owner and operator
  • First female licensed tow truck driver in NSW
  • Chair, Tourism Wagga Wagga 1992-99
  • Chair, Council of Tourist Associations of New South Wales 1995-98
  • Deputy Mayor of Wagga Wagga City Council 1995-98
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration 1998-2001;
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Publications 1998-2001, 2004-10
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 2002-03
  • Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Services 2002-04
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 2004-07
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Library 2004-05
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Selection 2006-07
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Petitions 2008
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications 2008-10
  • Member of the Joint Statutory Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 2003-04
  • Member of the Joint Statutory Committee on Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 2007
  • Member of the Joint Statutory Committee on Intelligence and Security 2008-10
  • Member Inter-Parliamentary Union Taskforce on HIV/AIDS
  • Nationals Whip 2006-10
  • Board member of CanAssist
  • Director of Kurrajong Waratah
  • Current Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, in his inaugural speech, said of her: “She punched way above her weight. What a fighter! What a lady! Short in stature but big in heart, Kay delivered genuine and lasting outcomes for the Riverina. She was friendly but feisty, compassionate yet controversial. Her commitment to her electorate was absolutely unconditional. The Riverina always came first. She was a shining example of what it means to be a good local member.”

 

Noel Jeffrey Hicks

Noel Jeffrey Hicks

  • Born 4 November 1940 in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Married Joan Carter (1963); three sons and one daughter; married Anne Lyle (1991)
  • Plumber; road design draughtsman
  • Mayor of Broken Hill City Council 1974-75, 1976-77
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Selection 1988-98
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Televising of the House of Representatives (formerly Select Committee) 1991-96
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Privileges 1995-98
  • Member of the Joint Statutory Committee on Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings 1983-98
  • Member of the Joint Statutory Committee on the Australian Security Intelligence
  • Organization 1996-98
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on the Australian Capital Territory 1980-83
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence 1985-1987
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade 1987-98
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration 1998
  • National Party Whip 1983-94; Chief National Party Whip 1994-98
  • In a valedictory speech, Prime Minister John Howard said: “I do not think this Parliament in my 25 years has seen a finer winner of marginal seats than Noel Hicks. His boundaries were changed on him time without number but he still kept coming back and he turned deficits of several per cent on the old figures into very comfortable margins.”

 

John FitzPatrick

John FitzPatrick

  • Born 24 April 1915 in Broken Hill, New South Wales
  • Died 28 July 1997
  • Married Myrtle Creasy; one son and two daughters
  • Boilermaker, Secretary of the Barrier Industrial Council (Broken Hill)
  • Labor Member for Darling 1969-77
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs 1973-74
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Publications 1976-80
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on the Northern Territory 1973-75
  • Fellow Labor MP Lionel Bowen said of him in a valedictory speech: “John FitzPatrick is a delightful person and a very great friend. He is a real gentleman, yet he represents a pretty tough arena when we talk about the Barrier Industrial Council in Broken Hill. To be Secretary of it means that you have really got to have a lot of talent, ability and understanding.”

 

John William Sullivan

John William Sullivan

  • Born 7 February 1929 in Narrandera
  • Married Mollie O’Sullivan; two sons and two daughters
  • Soldier
  • Served in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam
  • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Expenditure 1976-77
  • Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence 1976-77
  • State Member for Sturt 1981
  • Mayor of Narrandera Shire Council 2007-08
  • National Country Party Member for Hume, Stephen Lusher said of him: “He made a great contribution not only to his party but also to the Parliament and his electorate of Riverina. He, as much as anybody, was a victim of the redistribution which came into force prior to the last election. John Sullivan’s electorate was expanded to take in the majority of the former electorate of Darling, including, of course, the great industrial city of Broken Hill. It just was not possible, despite the magnificent effort he made during that campaign and despite the number of votes that he won, to withstand the effect of the redistribution.” National Party Leader Tim Fischer noting his service to three tiers of Government said: ‘I think that people who provide service in all three levels of government are a special category of person and I acknowledge the contribution that they make in so doing.

 

Albert Jaime Grassby, AM

Albert Jaime Grassby

  • Born 12 July 1926 in Brisbane
  • Died 23 April 2005 in Canberra
  • Married Ellnor Louez, one daughter
  • Served in World War II (British Army)
  • Executive Officer, Irrigation Research and Extension Committee
  • State Member for Murrumbidgee, 1965-69
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings 1969-72
  • Minister for Immigration 1972-74
  • Australian Commissioner for Community Relations 1975-82
  • Member of the Order of Australia 1985
  • In a condolence motion speech Labor Party Leader Kim Beazley remembered him: “for his passionate advocacy of equality, difference and opportunity and for his exuberance, flamboyance and colour”.

 

Adam Alexander (“Bill”) Armstrong, O.B.E, M.C.

Adam Alexander Armstrong

  • Born 1 July 1906 in East Melbourne
  • Died 22 February 1982 in Deniliquin
  • Grazier and consultant
  • Married Marjorie Hill; three sons, one daughter
  • Served in World War II (recipient of the Military Cross for gallantry in the South-West Pacific Area)
  • Victoria Racing Club Official Starter 1952-69 (started 20 consecutive Melbourne Cups)
  • President of Conargo Shire Council 1952-67
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs 1967-69
  • Southern District Racing Association committeeman for 16 years prior to entering
  • Parliament then served as SDRA President 1973-82
  • National Country Party Leader Doug Anthony said of him during a condolence motion:
  • “Bill Armstrong was a quiet, dignified and unassuming man. He did not command respect by demanding it. Instead he won respect from both sides of the House and in the wider community because of his sincerity, because of his clear concern for people and their problems and because he was moved by Australia’s problems and wanted to play his part in trying to solve them.”

 

Hugh Stevenson Roberton

Hugh Stevenson Roberton

  • Born 18 December 1900 in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Died 13 March 1987 in Canberra
  • Writer, farmer and grazier
  • Married Marjorie Wyllie (1926), one daughter; married Eileen McLeod (1972)
  • Served in World War II (enlisted at Old Junee)
  • Had distinguished career as agricultural writer, under the pen-name “Peter Snodgrass”
  • General President of Farmers and Settlers’ Association of NSW and Australian Wheatgrowers’ Federation
  • Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs 1952-55
  • Minister for Social Services 1956-65
  • Australia’s first Ambassador to Ireland 1965-68
  • In a condolence motion speech, National Party Leader Ian Sinclair said Roberton: “was one of those greats of the bush-a humble man, a man whose interest in the wider community, particularly in things agricultural, extended throughout his life. He was one who served his community well before he entered [Parliament].”

 

Joseph Ignatius Langtry

Joseph Ignatius Langtry

  • Born 2 September 1880 in Kyabram, Victoria
  • Died 30 April 1951
  • Wheat farmer and hotel keeper
  • Married Catherine Maloney; three sons and two daughters
  • Member of Rural Industries Committee 1941-1943
  • A 1949 Sydney Morning Herald article said about him: “… a cheerful soul, the life of many a party. It is not unusual for this former shearer to bring down the house at, say, a gathering of diplomats, by an impromptu turn of the type which has entertained many a shearing shed (and, it’s said, held many a vote) a fervent recitation from the Bush Ballads topped off with a rough Irish jig and a husky Irish song.”

 

Horace Keyworth Nock

Horace Keyworth Nock

  • Born 26 October 1879 in Salisbury, South Australia
  • Died 2 August 1958 in Sydney
  • Farmer and company director
  • Married Marcia Nessie Clarke; two sons and a daughter
  • President of Farmers and Settlers’ Association of NSW 1928-1932
  • Temporary Chairman of Committees 1934-37
  • Country Party Whip 1937
  • Minister without portfolio in charge of External Territories 1940
  • Minister without portfolio assisting the Prime Minister 1940
  • Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for the Interior 1940
  • Unsuccessful Senate candidate 1919
  • Described in the Australian Dictionary of Biography: “Grey-haired and keen-eyed, with wild eye-brows and bristling moustache above an old-fashioned stovepipe collar, Nock was widely known to farmers (the ‘Cockies’ Patron Saint’) and sought out on agricultural issues. A vigorous and persistent advocate for rural interests, always well-armed with figures, Nock was an effective watchdog over various tariffs.”

 

William Wilson Killen

Willaim Wilson Killen

  • Born 1860 in Ireland
  • Died 20 February 1939
  • A New Stater and member of the Parliamentary Constitution Amendment League
  • President of the Farmers and Settlers’ Association of NSW 1921-22
  • During a condolence motion, Prime Minister Earle Page said: “As an authority on matters connected with the pastoral industry, his contribution to debates on questions affecting rural industries were always welcome by his parliamentary colleagues.” Opposition Leader John Curtin said: “I never heard him say an unkind or an unfair word. It was apparent that he was an upright man who could support his case without either prejudice or the desire to provoke bitterness.”

 

Franc Brereton Sadleir Falkiner

Franc Brereton Sadleir Falkiner

  • Born 17 June 1867 in Ararat, Victoria
  • Died 30 October 1929 in Bungendore, New South Wales
  • Prominent sheep breeder
  • Married Edith Elizabeth Howat; two sons and two daughters
  • Later served as Member for Hume as a Nationalist 1917-19
  • Unsuccessful Senate candidate 1919
  • Described in the Australian Dictionary of Biography: “A large man, balding, with a bristling moustache, he was an impatient Parliamentarian, brusque and humorous; he coined the phrase ‘bangle bonus’ for Andrew Fisher’s 1912 maternity allowance.

 

Robert Officer Blackwood

Robert Officer Blackwood

  • Born 24 June 1861 in Crowlands, Victoria
  • Died 22 September 1940 in St Kilda, Victoria
  • Admitted to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1882, where he took up boxing, later becoming runner-up in the amateur light-weight boxing championship in England.
  • Businessman and pastoralist
  • Married Constance Ferrier Hamilton 1895; no children
  • Won Federal seat by five votes but the 16 December 1903 election declared void due to claim of electoral irregularities and he was defeated at the subsequent 15 April 1904 by-election by his predecessor John Chanter by 363 votes. He was cleared of all allegations but never stood for Parliament again.
  • Inaugural Conargo Shire President 1907
  • Vice-president Royal Agricultural Society 1920-38
  • Described in the Australian Dictionary of Biography as: “A slim man of great integrity and little humour, [who] devoted himself to music and business while Constance dwelt mostly overseas.”

 

John Moore Chanter

John Moore Chanter

  • Born 1 February 1845 in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Died 9 March 1931 in Caulfield, Victoria
  • Farmer, auctioneer, commission agent
  • Married Mary Ann Clark in 1863; six sons and four daughters
  • NSW MLA (member for Murray, Deniliquin) 1885-1901; Secretary for Mines 1889
  • First President of Australian Natives’ Association in NSW 1900-01
  • Inaugural Moama Mayor 1891
  • Noted for his democratic views and supported the first Prime Minister Edmund Barton in the lead-up to Federation
  • Longest-serving Member for Riverina
  • First Chairman of Committees 1901-03; also for four periods from 1914-22
  • Member of Select Committee on Shipping Services 1905
  • Member of Royal Commissions on ocean shipping service (1906) and on stripper harvesters and drills (1908-09)
  • The first Member of the House of Representatives to be defeated three times in the same seat.
  • Described in the Australian Dictionary of Biography as: “A hard-working local member who was well acquainted with the vast areas he represented and considered every request from his constituents. Tall and rugged, he was a quiet man who spoke infrequently in debates, but when he did, explored all details of his subject and held tenaciously to his viewpoint.”