Bill Young (Western Australian politician)

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Bill Young
Deputy Leader of the Country Party
in Western Australia
In office
17 July 1973 30 March 1974
Preceded by Ray McPharlin
Succeeded by Matt Stephens
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
2 September 1967 30 March 1974
Preceded by Tom Hart
Succeeded by Geoff Grewar
Constituency Roe
Personal details
Born
William Gordon Young

(1918-08-28)28 August 1918
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Died21 April 2012(2012-04-21) (aged 93)
Wembley, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Country (to 1974)
National Alliance (1974)

William Gordon Young (28 August 1918 – 21 April 2012) was an Australian politician who was a Country Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia between 1967 and 1974, representing the seat of Roe.

Born in Perth to Alice (née Nicholls) and Arthur James Young, Young attended Claremont High School in the city's western suburbs. He then worked briefly as a clerk with an insurance agency, before going to the small Wheatbelt town of Kondinin to farm. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in November 1940, and as a flight lieutenant saw service in Egypt, Singapore, India, and Burma, flying bombers. Returning to Australia in March 1944, he was briefly stationed at RAAF Evans Head, a training school, and then worked for the Australian intelligence service until the war's end. While in Perth in May 1944, Young married Amy Doreen Pond, with whom he later had three children. A keen footballer, he played senior football for Claremont during the 1945 WANFL season, and continued with the Kondinin Football Club in the Merredin Districts Football League after returning there in late 1945. [1]

Young was elected to the Kondinin Road Board (later the Shire of Kondinin) in 1954, and served as its chairman from 1959 until 1967, when he stood for the by-election in Roe necessitated by the resignation of the sitting Country member, Tom Hart. His only opponent was Liberal candidate Mel Bungey, who was later elected to the federal House of Representatives. Young's majority decreased at both the 1968 and 1971 state elections, and at the latter poll the final margin between him and the next-best candidate, independent Leonard Gleeson, was less than 200 votes – Young finished with 51.32% of the two-candidate preferred vote. [2] Young was chairman of the state Country Party from 1971 and 1974, and in July 1973, following Sir Crawford Nalder's retirement, was elected deputy leader, replacing the new leader, Ray McPharlin. A member of various parliamentary committees, Young lost his seat to the Liberal candidate, Geoff Grewar, at the 1974 election. In a three-cornered contest between Labor, the Liberals, and the National Alliance (a brief merger of the Country Party and the Democratic Labor Party), Young received 43.35% on first preferences, but could only gain 48.24% of the final count as the vast majority of Labor preferences flowed to the Liberals. [3] After leaving parliament, Young was chairman of the board of Claremont Teachers College (later the Western Australian College of Advanced Education), and was also involved with the National Parks Authority. [1] He died in Wembley, a suburb of Perth, in April 2012, aged 93. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 Black, David; Bolton, Geoffrey (2011). Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Volume Two 1930–2010 (Revised ed.). Parliament of Western Australia. pp. 278–279. ISBN   978-1920830304.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. p. 296. ISBN   0730984095.
  3. Black and Prescott (1997), p. 446.
  4. William Gordon Young – Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 19 March 2015.