Neville Wran
Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales
Neville Wran
Neville Kenneth Wran, AC, CNZM, QC was the Premier of New South Wales from 1976 until 1986. He was National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1980 to 1986 and Chairman of both the Lionel Murphy Foundation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 1986 to 1991.
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Harriet Wran leaves Silverwater jail after serving sentence connected with drug death - The Sydney Morning Herald
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The Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Wran leaves Silverwater jail after serving sentence connected with drug death The Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Wran, the daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, has left the jail that she says saved her life. Wran, 28, emerged from Silverwater jail just after 7am on Tuesday and was driven out of the complex in a silver Audi with her mother Jill ... Harriet Wran released from jailNEWS.com.au Wran walks free from jaildailytelegraph.com.au Harriet Wran released from jail, pleads for privacy to aid recoveryThe Guardian The Australian -ABC Online -Yahoo7 News -BreakingNews.com all 13 news articles »
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Harriet Wran set to walk free from Silverwater jail - The Sydney Morning Herald
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The Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Wran set to walk free from Silverwater jail The Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Wran, the daughter of late former premier Neville Wran, is set to walk free from Silverwater jail within days afternoon after being granted parole. The NSW State Parole Authority granted her release at a private hearing at Parramatta on Friday. Harriet Wran has been granted paroleNEWS.com.au Harriet Wran to be released on parole after two years in jail over drug dealer murderABC Online Harriet Wran will walk free from prison within seven days after being granted paroledailytelegraph.com.au Sky News Australia -The Australian -Daily Mail all 8 news articles »
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Harriet Wran and her father Neville Wran in 2011. Photo: Lee Besford - Sydney Morning Herald
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Sydney Morning Herald Harriet Wran and her father Neville Wran in 2011. Photo: Lee Besford Sydney Morning Herald "Not guilty, Your Honour," Harriet Wran said three times in a clear voice in a grey room at Silverwater's women's jail. The daughter of the late NSW premier Neville Wran appeared via video link in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, charged with murder, ... Wran pleads not guilty to murderThe Australian (blog) Harriet Wran pleads not guilty to murder of Sydney drug dealerHerald Sun Harriet Wran pleads not guilty to murder of Daniel John McNultyThe Guardian ABC Online all 17 news articles »
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More than one good reason for Wran story - Gloucester Advocate
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For those who were under a rock or in a mobile-free zone, the stories on the front pages of the Herald and The Sun-Herald the weekend before last outlined a rift between Jill Hickson and Neville Wran over her belief he has a form of dementia
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More than one good reason for Wran story - Sydney Morning Herald
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For those who were under a rock or in a mobile-free zone, the stories on the front pages of the Herald and The Sun-Herald the weekend before last outlined a rift between Jill Hickson and Neville Wran over her belief he has a form of dementia
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Don't forget illegal drug that can heal - Sydney Morning Herald
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I remember attending a Marijuana Party rally in Hyde Park with hundreds of other people in 1976 during the election campaign leading up to Neville Wran's Labor Party taking office in 1976. Word had gone around that Labor was sympathetic to the
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Shadows of '75 are creeping across the political landscape - Crikey (blog)
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That's what Neville Wran did in the face of the ABC's confection of corruption claims, which Wran referred to a Royal Commission, in 1983. But we're way past sensible now and rapidly coming up on the territory marked “mutually assured destruction”
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It's about you, and I'm on your side - Sydney Morning Herald
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The decision to relegate the deaths of the ABC news team in a helicopter crash to page seven on Saturday ruffled many feathers and there were accusations of ''cheap, prying gossip'' over our treatment of the Neville Wran story in both papers at the
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Labor must stop letting unionists run the show - The Australian
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As old class divisions started to break down, these leaders from Gough Whitlam to Don Dunstan to Neville Wran to Hawke and to Wayne Goss reinvigorated the party. Labor was given a new lease of life and newfound relevance as it seized the agenda and
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I have not lost my mind - Sydney Morning Herald
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THE former premier Neville Wran has denied his estranged wife's claim that he is suffering from dementia, declaring he is ''firing on all four cylinders''. ''I am appalled by the suggestion that I have lost my mental capacity,'' Mr Wran told The
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Wran family rift reaches boiling point - Sydney Morning Herald
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Neville Wran with his younger daughter Harriet leaving his office in the city yesterday. His business associate says the former premier is still mentally sharp. Photo: Lee Besford NORMALLY, such unseemly disputes occur after death but the former
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Former premier Neville Wran leaves home in quarrel over finances - The Daily Telegraph
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Mr Wran's daughter Kim / Pic: File Source: The Daily Telegraph FORMER NSW premier Neville Wran is at the centre of an arm wrestle over his finances and any future care he might need. The 84-year-old has left his family home and his wife of 35 years
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Barrister in step with his forefathers on silk road - Sydney Morning Herald
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Before the Street royal commission, Shand pushed one magistrate to concede that Murray Farquhar, a key witness, was ''a big noter'' and another that the critical allegation that former premier Neville Wran called Farquhar was ''bull''
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Is NSW still a 'Natural' Labor State? - ABC Online (blog)
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The Coalition equalled Neville Wran's record haul of 69 seats at Labor's 1981 victory but with a greater proportion of seats in the smaller 93 seat Legislative Assembly. The Coalition's majority of 45 seats surpassed the record 42 seat majority won by
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A big day for dancing - Sydney Morning Herald
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Neville Wran said a couple of things in his time as the premier of NSW that have since developed a career of their own as a sort of shorthand for a particular worldview: ''Balmain boys don't cry'' was one. ''Are you from the ABC?'' was another
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A man for the times, bar none - Sydney Morning Herald
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He represented Neville Wran at the Street royal commission; the former NSW corrective services minister Rex Jackson, who was jailed for conspiring to accept bribes; and was senior counsel to former attorney-general Lionel Murphy in his trial
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Labor pain as Taylor thanks Carr - Central Western Daily
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“As far as the Labor party is concerned we need to return to the days when we had people like Bob Carr and Neville Wran. “To my mind they were true grassroots Labor leaders and they were such strong personalities there was real discipline in the party
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Reform is 'do or die' for Labor - The Australian (blog)
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The branch that produced Neville Wran and Bob Carr, who showed Labor how to govern in the modern era. At the Sydney Town Hall this weekend, the green shoots of a Labor revival might just be evident. Troy Bramston is a former speechwriter for Kevin Rudd
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BREAKFAST DEALS: Stoking Fortescue - Business Spectator
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Elsewhere, Winmar Resources – which has the backing of Forrest, Malcolm Turnbull and Neville Wran – looks set to sign a deal with an Indian conglomerate and Clive Palmer dives into the Queensland tourism sector. In other news, Telstra reshuffles its
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neville Wran
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 87
    He died there on 20 April 2014 at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife Jill and four children. A state funeral was held at the Sydney Town Hall on 1 May 2014.
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  • 2012
    Age 85
    In his later years, Wran had dementia and from July 2012 had been under special care at the Lulworth House aged care facility in Elizabeth Bay.
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  • 2006
    Age 79
    Wran and Hickson separated several times, first briefly in 2006, then in August 2011 after Hickson said she had been "frozen out" of her husband's personal affairs by his daughter Kim and his friend and business partner Albert Wong.
    More Details Hide Details They had reconciled by December 2011. A severe throat infection in 1980 required injections of teflon to strengthen his damaged vocal cords, resulting in his characteristic croaky voice.
  • 1995
    Age 68
    Wran resigned from that position in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The ABC report notes that "There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by either Mr Turnbull or Mr Wran." Biographies
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    Wran resigned both the premiership and his seat in Parliament on 4 July 1986, after continuously holding office longer than any other premier in the history of New South Wales until that time.
    More Details Hide Details Bob Carr has since broken that record. (Henry Parkes served longer than either Wran or Carr in total, serving five terms between 1872 and 1891.) The by-election for Wran's seat of Bass Hill was narrowly won by Michael Owen for the Liberal Party. Wran is remembered by the phrase "Balmain boys don't cry".
  • 1984
    Age 57
    In 1984, Neville Wran introduced a private members bill to decriminalise adult gay male sex, and the bill passed the NSW Parliament.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time in recorded history a conscience vote was both introduced and passed by the NSW Parliament.
  • 1983
    Age 56
    In 1983, Wran faced the Street Royal Commission over claims by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) current affairs show Four Corners that he had tried to influence the magistracy over the 1977 committal of Kevin Humphreys, who had been charged with misappropriation of funds.
    More Details Hide Details His Corrective Services Minister, Rex Jackson, was jailed in 1987 for accepting bribes for the early release of prisoners.
  • 1980
    Age 53
    He featured in Hayden's 1980 federal election campaign, along with Bob Hawke.
    More Details Hide Details Wran was a Labor premier at a time when most Australian governments were held by conservative coalitions. During his 10 years as Premier of New South Wales, the government embarked on a program of reform and change. Priorities were public transport (with the exception of the Warringah Transport Corridor which was cancelled despite a recommendation by Justice Michael Kirby that it be built), the environment, consumer protection and job creation. He also achieved significant electoral institutional reform such as a democratic Legislative Council, four-year terms, public funding and disclosure laws and a pecuniary interests register for members of parliament. He called on Edwin Lusher, firstly while a QC and then as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, to chair commissions of inquiry into police administration and gambling. He also undertook the state's largest capital works program and refurbished many iconic places in Sydney. His government also built the modern-day Darling Harbour precinct.
    He was the national president of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) from 1980 to 1986 and chairman of both the Lionel Murphy Foundation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 1986 to 1991.
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  • 1977
    Age 50
    In 1977, Wran supported Al Grassby, former Federal Immigration Minister, in allowing Domenico Barbaro, a Mafia figure in the Griffith region of New South Wales, back into Australia after having been earlier deported because of his criminal record.
    More Details Hide Details However, as journalist David Hickie explains, Wran attempted to undermine the influence of organised crime, particularly in the area of illegal casinos. Wran was also very popular, at one stage rating over 80 per cent approval in opinion polls. He was often talked about as a national political leader and rated highly in national polls as an alternative Labor Leader to Bill Hayden.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 49
    In 1976, a month after his divorce was finalised and three months after becoming Premier of New South Wales, Wran married Jill Hickson, and they had two children together.
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    In May 1976, six months after Gough Whitlam's federal ALP government's dismissal, Wran led Labor to victory, narrowly defeating the Liberal Party premier, Sir Eric Willis.
    More Details Hide Details Wran's win was not assured until it became clear that Gosford and Hurstville had fallen to Labor by only 74 and 44 votes respectively, giving Wran a one-seat majority. In 1978, campaigning with the slogan "Wran's our Man", his government won a 13-seat swing on the back of the largest primary vote for any party in a century, popularly known as the "Wranslide". The Opposition Leader on that occasion, Peter Coleman, lost his seat. In 1981, Wran won a second "Wranslide", picking up six seats for what was then Labor's largest proportion of seats in Parliament. The Opposition Leader, Bruce McDonald, failed to be elected to the seat that he contested, marking the second time in a row that an Opposition Leader had failed to be elected to Parliament. Labor also reduced the Liberals to 14 seats, the same as its nominal junior partner, the National Country Party. He won a fourth term in 1984; although he suffered an 11-seat swing, he still won a larger majority than any of the victories won by the Liberals' Sir Robert Askin in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 1970
    Age 43
    Wran began his political career in 1970 when he became a member of the upper house of the Parliament of New South Wales, the Legislative Council.
    More Details Hide Details Three years afterwards, he moved to the lower house, the Legislative Assembly, in the seat of Bass Hill. Support for this move had been organised by the General Secretary of the FMWU, Ray Gietzelt. He then challenged Pat Hills for the state leadership of the ALP (which Hills had held since 1968). In this challenge he had cross-faction support from right-wing powerbroker John Ducker and left-winger Jack Ferguson. There were two rounds to the leadership vote which resulted in a tie between Hills and Wran in the second ballot. However it was ruled that in the event of a tie in the second ballot, the candidate who won the most votes in the first ballot would be the winner. Since Wran had won one vote more than Hills in the first ballot, Wran was therefore declared the new leader.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 24
    He was admitted as a solicitor in 1951, called to the Bar in 1957, and became a Queen's Counsel in 1968.
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  • 1948
    Age 21
    Wran was born in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, the eighth and last child of Joseph Wran and his wife Lillian (née Langley). He was educated at Nicholson Street Public School, Balmain, Fort Street Boys High and the University of Sydney, where he was a member of the Liberal Club, and from which he gained a Bachelor of Laws in 1948.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    Wran's first marriage was in 1946 at the age of 20, to Marcia Oliver, a showgirl at the New Tivoli Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Oliver had a young son, whom Wran adopted, and they had one other child, a daughter.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born on October 11, 1926.
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