Arthur James Faulkner (20 November 1921 – 15 May 1985) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.
|24th President of the Labour Party|
|Preceded by||Charles Bennett|
|Succeeded by||Jim Anderton|
|25th Minister of Defence|
8 December 1972 – 10 September 1974
|Prime Minister||Norman Kirk|
|Preceded by||Allan McCready|
|Succeeded by||Bill Fraser|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
1957 – 1981
|Preceded by||John Rae|
|Succeeded by||Phil Goff|
|Born||20 November 1921|
Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
|Died||15 May 1985(aged 63)|
|Spouse(s)||May Cox (married 1945)|
Member of ParliamentEdit
|New Zealand Parliament|
When United States Vice President Spiro Agnew visited Wellington in mid-January 1970, Faulkner along with several other Labour Members of Parliament including Bob Tizard, Jonathan Hunt, and Martyn Finlay boycotted the state dinner to protest American policy in Vietnam. However, other Labour MPs including Opposition Leader Norman Kirk attended the function which dealt with the Nixon Doctrine.
He was a Cabinet Minister, and was Minister of Defence from 1972 to 1974 in the Third Labour Government. He stood for deputy to Bill Rowling in 1974. He was popular in caucus, but both Ron Barclay and Warren Freer saw him as indecisive and not leadership material. As Barclay learned that Faulkner could win on the first ballot, he got Freer to stand for deputy to split the vote, and Bob Tizard won on the fourth ballot.
He was President of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1978.
He married May Cox in 1945, and they had 2 sons and 3 daughters.
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|Party political offices|
| President of the Labour Party
| Minister of Defence
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Roskill