|Secretary for Public Works|
22 August 1935 –21 July 1939
|Preceded by||Bertram Stevens|
|Succeeded by||Bertram Stevens|
|Minister for Local Government|
15 February 1933 –21 July 1939
|Preceded by||Joseph Jackson|
|Succeeded by||Bertram Stevens|
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament |
11 June 1932 –23 August 1940
|Preceded by||Evan Davies|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Williams|
|Member of the Australian Parliament |
21 September 1940 –21 August 1943
|Preceded by||Sydney Gardner|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Williams|
|Born||1 March 1891|
Waterloo, Colony of New South Wales
|Died||3 June 1952 61) (aged|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||United Australia Party|
|Relations||Bill Spooner (Brother)|
Eric Sydney Spooner (2 March 1891 – 3 June 1952) was an Australian politician.
Spooner was born in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo and educated at Christ Church St Laurence School. At 14 he became a telegraph messenger and studied at night at the University of Sydney to gain a diploma in economics and commerce. He married Mary Berry in December 1919. He established the accounting firm of Hungerford, Spooner & Co in 1922 with his brother Bill, a Liberal cabinet minister from 1949 to 1964.
Spooner was elected the seat of Ryde in 1932 and became an honorary minister in the United Australia Party government of Bertram Stevens. He subsequently became Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Local Government. From 1935 he was Minister for Local Government, Secretary for Public Works and deputy leader of the United Australia Party (NSW Branch).He was responsible for establishing employment-creating schemes and the Sydney County Council, a gas and electricity supplier. In 1939 he opposed budget cuts and resigned from Cabinet on 21 July. On 1 August, he moved a motion that brought down the government, but he failed to get enough support to form his own government.
In August 1940 Spooner resigned his seat and won the Federal seat of Robertson in the October election. In June 1941, he was appointed Minister for War Organisation of Industry in the third Menzies Ministry, a position he retained until the fall of the Fadden government in October 1941. He lost his seat in the 1943 election. He joined the new Liberal Party, but was almost expelled for questioning the White Australia Policy. He ran unsuccessfully against Prime Minister Ben Chifley in Macquarie in 1946.
Spooner died of cancer in Sydney in 1952, survived by his wife, three sons and daughter.
|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Ryde |
Title last held byBertram Stevens
| Assistant Treasurer |
Title next held byClive Evatt
| Minister for Local Government |
| Secretary for Public Works |
|Party political offices|
| Deputy Leader of the United Australia Party (NSW Branch)|
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Robertson |
|New title|| Minister for War Organisation of Industry |
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