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Barry Douglas Simon (1 April 1936 – 7 July 2004) was an Australian politician. Born in Melbourne, he attended the University of Melbourne before becoming a teacher and barrister. He was a member of Berwick City Council, and served as its mayor. In 1975, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for McMillan, defeating Arthur Hewson, a member of the Liberals' Coalition partner the Country Party. He was defeated in 1980 by the Labor Party, largely due to the Democratic Labor Party's decision to direct its preferences to Labor in view of Simon's liberal views on abortion. Simon was also targeted by Right to Life organisations, and this was also credited as a factor in his defeat.[1][2] Simon died in 2004.[3]

Barry Simon
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McMillan
In office
13 December 1975 – 18 October 1980
Preceded byArthur Hewson
Succeeded byBarry Cunningham
Personal details
Born(1936-04-01)1 April 1936
Melbourne, Victoria
Died7 July 2004(2004-07-07) (aged 68)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationTeacher, barrister


  1. ^ Lyle Allan (2010). "Margaret Tighe. The most powerful woman in Victoria," in Tasmanian Times, 30 November.
  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.3
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Arthur Hewson
Member for McMillan
Succeeded by
Barry Cunningham