Barrie Unsworth
Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales
Barrie Unsworth
Barrie John Unsworth was an Australian politician, representing the Australian Labor Party in the Parliament of New South Wales from 1978 to 1991. He served as the 36th Premier from July 1986 to March 1988.
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Privacy tort a rort for the influential - The Daily Telegraph
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Personally I couldn't care less about the man's sexuality, but I do concur with former premier Barrie Unsworth's assertion that, as the police minister, it was unwise for Campbell to frequent a place which left him open to blackmail and in contact with
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Half of high school students don't know they live in a democracy, survey finds - NEWS.com.au
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... in primary school but then half of them forget everything they've learned by the time they are 16." The program has been developed by Ms Jones, a prominent monarchist, with author Thomas Keneally and former New South Wales premier Barrie Unsworth
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Twisted plot of a Labor obsession - The Daily Telegraph
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Labor Council secretary Barrie Unsworth, before he became premier, also had a go but failed. But it was when Michael Costa took over the union umbrella group in 1998 that things took a turn for the bizarre. Costa proposed leasing the area to the
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Faction bosses will sink Labor - The Australian
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We are fortunate Labor has such outstanding retired talent: Bob Carr, John Faulkner, Rodney Cavalier, Barrie Unsworth, Morris Iemma, Steve Bracks, Sue Ryan, Peter Beattie, Carmen Lawrence to name a few. There is the nucleus there for the federal
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 73
    In 2008 he headed a committee that considered the privatisation of the New South Wales' electricity industry.
    More Details Hide Details The committee and Unsworth supported the sale.
  • 2003
    Age 68
    In 2003 and 2004, Unsworth was commissioned by the NSW Government to conduct a formal review of public bus services.
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    During 2003 - 2008, Unsworth was a Director of Father Chris Riley's charity, Youth off the Streets, that provides crisis care, refuges, schools, drug and alcohol programs to young people in Australia and throughout Asia.
    More Details Hide Details Unsworth has also been a Director of Entherm Pty Ltd (2003–2005), Member of Overseas Trade Authority of New South Wales (1978) and a Director of Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (2004–2006).
  • 1995
    Age 60
    Following the election of the Carr Labor Government in 1995, Unsworth was placed on a number of key government and community bodies, including:
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 57
    Unsworth was General Manager of 2KY Broadcasters Pty Ltd Racing Radio between 1992-2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001 he was a recipient of the Centenary Medal.
  • 1991
    Age 56
    Unsworth did not contest the 1991 election.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately following politics, Unsworth had little political involvement with his only public commitment being as Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Australian Executive Committee for His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference (1982–1998).
  • 1988
    Age 53
    Unsworth was Premier for two years until the Labor Party's landslide defeat by the Liberals' Nick Greiner in the 1988 elections.
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  • 1986
    Age 51
    After the surprise retirement of Premier Neville Wran in May 1986, he became leader of the NSW Labor Party and thus Premier, and was also Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Minister for State Development. As Premiers are required by convention to be members of the Legislative Assembly, Brian Bannon, member for Rockdale, resigned to accept a government job as Chairman of the Homebush States Sport Centre Trust, and Unsworth contested the resulting by-election held on 2 August 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He only narrowly won the seat, with a 17.1% dive in the primary vote and hostile independent preferences giving him a margin of just 54 votes. A by-election for Wran's safe Labor seat of Bass Hill was even worse, with a 22.2 per cent drop on the primary vote delivering a 103-vote victory to the Liberal candidate.
  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 44
    The following year, he was elected to the Labor Council of NSW and was its elected Secretary from 1979 to 1984.
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  • 1978
    Age 43
    Unsworth was elected a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details While serving in the Legislative Council, Unsworth represented Australia as a delegate at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Worker Participation in Management Conferences held in Geneva (1980) and The Hague (1981). In the Wran Labor Government, Unsworth was Minister for Transport (1984–1986) and Minister for Health (February to July 1986).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    Unsworth was an Australian delegate to His Royal Highness of Duke of Edinburgh Study Conference, Oxford University in 1974
    More Details Hide Details During his career as an elected union official, he was appointed by the Wran Labor NSW Government to a range of government bodies including:
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 26
    In 1961, Unsworth became an organiser of the Electrical Trades Union, and continued to build his career in the labour movement and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1966 to attend Harvard University, Trade Union Program.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 18
    Unsworth had a brief period of military national service between 1953 and 1954 in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
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  • 1950
    Age 15
    Unsworth was initially an Apprentice Electrical Fitter, then Electrical Fitter, Electrical Testing Officer and subsequently Sales Representative for Sydney County Council from 1950 until 1960.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on April 16, 1934.
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