Alexander Wilson (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
23 October 1937 – 31 December 1945
|Preceded by||Hugh McClelland|
|Succeeded by||Winton Turnbull|
|Born||7 June 1889|
County Down, Ireland
|Died||26 January 1954 (aged 64)|
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Wilson was a prominent leader of Victorian wheat growers who successfully stood as a candidate at the 1937 Australian election for the House of Representatives seat of Wimmera against the sitting Country Party member Hugh McClelland. Wilson and the Victorian state branch of the Country Party were opposed to the Coalition with the United Australia Party, with dissenting MPs such as McClelland disendorsed.
Often voting with the opposition Australian Labor Party, Wilson easily retained his seat at the 1940 Australian election and it was "common knowledge that Labor members were now working closely with Wilson". Prime Minister Arthur Fadden of the Country Party presided over a minority government, with Wilson and fellow cross-bencher Arthur Coles holding the balance of power in the House of Representatives.
In 1941, Wilson and Coles voted against the Budget, bringing down Fadden's government and handing government to Labor's John Curtin. Wilson supported the Curtin government from then on. Wilson remained in parliament until his retirement on 31 December 1945 to become the Administrator of Norfolk Island, a position he held until 1952. He retired to a farm at Swan Hill and died in 1954.
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Wimmera
| Administrator of Norfolk Island
Colin Hugh Boyd Norman
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