| Minister for Transport
Minister for Highways
23 January 1976 –14 May 1976
|Sir Eric Willis
|Minister for Decentralisation and Development
3 December 1973 –23 January 1976
| Sir Robert Askin
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
3 March 1962 –28 August 1981
|18 May 1923
Tenterfield,New South Wales,Australia
|22 August 2017 94) (aged
| Sir Michael Bruxner (Father)
John Bruxner (Brother)
| Australian Army
Royal Australian Air Force
|Years of service
| 2/9th Armoured Regiment
No. 7 Operational Training Unit RAAF
|World War II
James Caird "Tim" Bruxner (18 May 1923 –22 August 2017) was an Australian politician who was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 3 March 1962 to 28 August 1981 and the Deputy Leader of the Country Party and its successors in New South Wales from 1975 to 1981.
Bruxner held positions as a Minister of the Crown for Housing,Cooperative Societies,Decentralisation and Development and Tourism in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin and Tom Lewis. Under Sir Eric Willis,Bruxner was promoted as Minister for Transport and Minister for Highways. Upon losing government in 1976,Bruxner continued as Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister until his retirement from politics in 1981.
James Caird Bruxner,better known as 'Tim' (which was an old family nickname),was born 18 May 1923 in Tenterfield,New South Wales,the youngest son of NSW Country Party leader Michael Frederick Bruxner,who had served as Deputy Premier of New South Wales between 1932 and 1941,and Winifred Hay "Midge" Caird. His brother,John Michael Bruxner,later became a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales. He spent his early years on the family property "Roseneath",until he left to attend Cranbrook School,Sydney,becoming School Captain in 1940.
He began to study law at the University of Sydney,but interrupted his studies to serve in the Australian military during World War II. Volunteering for overseas service,he enlisted in the 2nd Australian Imperial Force on 13 December 1941,and was posted to the 1st Armoured Division's 2/9th Armoured Regiment,serving as a corporal.Leaving the Army on 10 July 1944,Bruxner joined the Royal Australian Air Force,7th Operational Training Unit,as a Pilot Officer. On 18 April 1945,Bruxner married Margaret Ann McLeish,with whom he had a son. Upon being discharged on 15 October 1945,Bruxner became a grazier as the owner of 'Old Auburnvale' station near Inverell,where he was a breeder of Aberdeen Angus cattle.
When his father,Sir Michael Bruxner,retired from parliament on 5 February 1962,Bruxner gained preselection for his father's vacated seat of Tenterfield,allegedly against his parents' advice,and won it at the 1962 election for the Country Party with 50.75% of the vote. Serving in the backbenches in opposition,Bruxner was re-elected at the 1965 election with an increased margin of 57.1% of the vote. As a junior member of parliament,Bruxner continued in the backbenches when the Coalition took power under Robert Askin in 1965. He was re-elected again at the 1968 and 1971 elections with 66.9% and 56.9% respectively.
At the 1973 election,Bruxner was returned with 68.63% in Tenterfield.This time Premier Askin promoted him to Cabinet as the Minister for Housing and Minister for Cooperative Societies,which he held from 17 January 1973 to 3 December 1973,when he was further promoted as Minister for Decentralisation and Development,which was centred on the growth areas of Albury-Wodonga and Bathurst-Orange as well as overall government development across the state. On 16 December 1975,the Leader of the New South Wales Country Party,Sir Charles Cutler,retired. Bruxner put his name down to succeed Cutler as Leader,but was defeated by the Deputy Leader,Leon Punch. Bruxner then contested the vacant Deputy Leadership position against George Freudenstein. Defeating Freudenstein,Bruxner became the Deputy Leader of the renamed National Country Party. On 17 December 1975,in addition to his responsibilities for Decentralisation and Development,the new Premier,Tom Lewis,appointed him as the Minister for Tourism,which had been vacated by Cutler. A month later,on 22 January 1976,Lewis was deposed as Premier and Liberal Leader by several backbenchers and was succeeded by Education Minister Sir Eric Willis. Willis then appointed Bruxner as Minister for Transport and Minister for Highways in his new government on 23 January.
As the new Minister for Transport and Highways,Bruxner was the fourth Minister of that portfolio in a year and started amid speculation that he had been given the job to take the mess of transport,which was largely seen as a 'bad news' portfolio,away from the Liberal Party and offload it to the Country Party.Nevertheless,Bruxner took it in his stride,adopting his father's maxim that "We can't please everyone. Let us... go like the devil straight ahead." and oversaw the announcement of the Premier's Sydney Transport masterplan. Inheriting a Department that was in "dire financial straits",Bruxner found it difficult to make an impression before the Willis Government was defeated at the election on 14 May 1976.
In opposition,Bruxner was appointed by Opposition leader Willis as Shadow Minister for Decentralisation and Development and Primary Industries. He served in this capacity under the successive Leadership of Peter Coleman until 2 November 1978. When Coleman lost his seat at the 1978 election,he was succeeded by John Mason,who appointed him as Shadow Leader of the House.
When the electoral redistribution results were published in March 1980,Tenterfield was abolished,with most going into the re-established electorate of Northern Tablelands. With this in mind,Bruxner considered his position on whether to stand again at the next election. Eventually he decided to retire as an MP and as Deputy Leader to allow younger members of the party to gain experience. [ citation needed ] He died in 2017.Following the landslide loss at the September 1981 election,the National Country Party and the Liberals both held 14 seats. Party Leader Leon Punch then contested the vacant Leadership of the Opposition,a move which former deputy Bruxner opposed,but lost to the new leader of the Liberals,John Dowd. On his retirement,he was granted by Queen Elizabeth II,on the Governor's recommendation,retention of the title "The Honourable" for life. After leaving politics,Bruxner retired from public life and returned to his property near Inverell.
Sir Robert William Askin, GCMG, was an Australian politician and the 32nd Premier of New South Wales from 1965 to 1975, the first representing the Liberal Party. He was born in 1907 as Robin William Askin, but always disliked his first name and changed it by deed poll in 1971. Before being knighted in 1972, however, he was generally known as Bob Askin. Born in Sydney in 1907, Askin was educated at Sydney Technical High School. After serving as a bank officer and as a Sergeant in the Second World War, Askin joined the Liberal Party and was elected to the seat of Collaroy at the 1950 election.
Sir Eric Archibald Willis was an Australian politician, Cabinet Minister and the 34th Premier of New South Wales, serving from 23 January 1976 to 14 May 1976. Born in Murwillumbah in 1922, Willis was educated at Murwillumbah High School and the University of Sydney, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with double honours. Enlisting during the Second World War, Willis served on the homefront and later served in New Guinea and the Philippines. He continued to serve the Citizen Military Forces until 1958.
Thomas Lancelot Lewis was a New South Wales politician, Premier of New South Wales and minister in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin and Sir Eric Willis. He became Premier following Askin's retirement from politics and held the position until he was replaced by Willis in a party vote. Lewis was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Wollondilly for the Liberal Party in 1957, and served until his resignation in 1978.
Leon Ashton Punch was a New South Wales politician, Deputy Premier, and Minister of the Crown in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin, Tom Lewis and Sir Eric Willis. From 1975 to 1976 he was the Deputy Premier of New South Wales. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for 26 years from 21 March 1959 until his retirement on 2 July 1985 for the Country Party, renamed the National Party during his time.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Benjamin Cutler KBE, ED was an Australian politician, holding office for 28 years as an elected member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Orange. Cutler was Country Party leader for sixteen years and became Minister for Education and Deputy Premier for ten years under Premiers Robert Askin and Tom Lewis.
Lieutenant Colonel Sir Michael Frederick Bruxner was an Australian politician and soldier, serving for many years as leader of the Country Party in New South Wales. Born in the north of the state, Bruxner was educated at The Armidale School and started studies at University of Sydney but later dropped out to take up employment as a grazier and station agent in Tenterfield. After serving in the Citizen Military Forces from 1911, Bruxner enlisted into the Australian Light Horse upon the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Serving with distinction in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
David Amos Arblaster, was a New South Wales politician, Minister for Culture, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Tourism in the cabinet of Sir Eric Willis until the Liberal party lost the 1976 election. Arblaster was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Mosman in 1972 and served until his retirement in 1984.
Neil Edward William Pickard was a New South Wales politician and Minister of the Crown in the cabinets of Sir Eric Willis and Nick Greiner. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for 26 years from 17 November 1973 to 3 May 1991 for the Liberal Party until his retirement from politics upon the abolition of his seat at the election. He was appointed NSW Agent-General in London, but was recalled soon after due to expenses abuse.
Philip Henry (Pat) Morton was an Australian businessman and politician. Born in Lismore in Northern New South Wales to a prominent political family and educated at Lismore High School, Morton left school at fourteen to be employed in a legal firm, before branching out into various businesses. Moving to Sydney, Morton first entered politics in 1944 as an Alderman on Mosman Municipal Council, rising to be Mayor in 1946. Morton then entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 3 May 1947, representing the Electoral district of Mosman for the Liberal Party.
George Francis Freudenstein was an Australian politician. He was a Country Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1959 to 1981, representing the electorate of Young. He served variously as Minister for Cultural Activities, Minister for Conservation, and Minister for Mines and Energy in the Askin Coalition government.
The 1962 New South Wales state election was held on 3 March 1962. It was conducted in single member constituencies with compulsory preferential voting and was held on boundaries created at a 1961 redistribution. The election was for all of the 94 seats in the Legislative Assembly.
The Willis–Punch ministry or Willis ministry was the 70th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 34th Premier of New South Wales, Sir Eric Willis in a Liberal Party coalition with the Country Party of Australia, that was led by Leon Punch.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1965–1968) or First Askin ministry was the 62nd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Bob Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Charles Cutler. The ministry was the first occasion in the history of Government in New South Wales that the Liberal and Country Party formed a coalition in government. It was also the first of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1968–1969) or Second Askin ministry was the 63rd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Bob Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Charles Cutler. It was the second of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1969–1971) or Third Askin ministry was the 64th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Bob Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Charles Cutler. It was the third of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1971–1973) or Fourth Askin ministry was the 65th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Bob Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Charles Cutler. It was the fourth of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1973) or Fifth Askin ministry was the 66th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Sir Robert Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Sir Charles Cutler. It was the fifth of six occasions when Askin was Premier and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.
The Askin–Cutler ministry (1973–1975) or Sixth Askin ministry was the 67th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Sir Robert Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Sir Charles Cutler. It was the sixth and final occasion when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler served as Deputy Premier to Askin.
The Lewis–Cutler ministry or First Lewis ministry was the 68th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 33rd Premier, Tom Lewis, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Sir Charles Cutler. It was the first of two occasions when Lewis was Premier; and the seventh and final occasion when Cutler served as Deputy Premier.
Frederick Maclean ("Mac") Hewitt was an Australian company director and politician. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for the 21 years from 1955 to 1976 representing the Liberal Party, serving as Leader of the Liberal Party in the council as well as on the Askin cabinet as Minister for Child and Social Welfare and later as Minister for Labour and Industry. He continued to serve in the Lewis and Willis cabinets in the portfolios of Labour and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Federal Affairs. Following the Coalition loss at the 1976 election, Hewitt continued to serve as Deputy Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Liberal Party in the council until his retirement, before his death a few months later.