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|Member of the Australian Parliament |
25 October 1969 –2 December 1972
|Preceded by||Gordon Freeth|
|Succeeded by||Peter Drummond|
Frank McLeod Kirwan
23 October 1937
Norseman, Western Australia
|Died||28 October 1976 39) (aged|
Chidlow, Western Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
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In 1969, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Forrest, defeating Liberal minister Gordon Freeth. He was only the second Labor member ever to win the seat. His victory was part of an 18-seat swing that nearly made Labor's Gough Whitlam Prime Minister.[ citation needed ]
He held the seat until his defeat in 1972 by Liberal Peter Drummond, even as Labor finally ended 23 years of Coalition rule.[ citation needed ]
Kirwan died in Chidlow in 1976.
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|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Forrest |