Tony Lamb

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Tony Lamb

OAM
Member of the Australian Parliament
for La Trobe
In office
2 December 1972 13 December 1975
Preceded by John Jess
Succeeded by Marshall Baillieu
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Streeton
In office
1 December 1984 24 March 1990
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byDivision abolished
Personal details
Born
Antony Hamilton Lamb

(1939-03-07) 7 March 1939 (age 81)
Horsham, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Relations Hamilton Lamb (father)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Victorian College of Pharmacy
OccupationPharmacist

Antony Hamilton Lamb OAM (born 7 March 1939) is an Australian former politician. Born in Horsham, Victoria, he was the son of Victorian Country Party politician Hamilton Lamb. He was educated at the University of Melbourne graduating on 14 August 1971 with the Degree of Bachelor of Arts [1] and then the Victorian College of Pharmacy, becoming a pharmacist. In 1972, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for La Trobe. As a backbench Member in 1973 Lamb, together with fellow Labor Member David McKenzie, introduced the Medical Practice Clarification Bill which, if passed, would have allowed abortion in the Australian Capital Territory. The bill was defeated after a conscience vote on 10 May 1973 by 98 votes to 23. [2]

Lamb held the seat of LaTrobe until his defeat in 1975. In 1984 he returned to the House as the member for the new seat of Streeton, which he held until its abolition in 1990. Lamb then contested the seat of Deakin, but was unsuccessful. [3]

In the Australia Day Honors, 2006, Lamb was appointed{{Clarification|rank]] of the Order of Australia for service to pharmacy, to the Australian Parliament and to the community. [4]

In 2009, Lamb published his thesis in fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Lamb, Antony H. (2009). Of measures and men: the Victorian Country Party, 1917 to 1945 (Ph.D.). Swinburne University of Technology. [5]

In 2015, Lamb and three other former MPs brought a case before the High Court of Australia, purporting that reductions to their retirement allowances and limitations on the number of "domestic return trips per year" under the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Act 2002 was unconstitutional under S51(xxxi) of the Constitution of Australia. They lost the case in 2016, with the court finding that Parliament was entitled to vary the terms of allowances. [6]

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  1. "28_Part 2 Degrees and Diplomas Conferred" (PDF). University of Melbourne Calendar 1972. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  2. Ainsley Symons (2014), "Anti-Abortion Campaigning and the Political Process," in Recorder (Melbourne Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History), No. 279, March, p.2
  3. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
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  6. "Former MPs lose High Court challenge over entitlements". ABC News. 12 October 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Jess
Member for La Trobe
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Marshall Baillieu
New division Member for Streeton
1984–1990
Division abolished