Eric Bedford

Eric Lance Bedford (18 February 1928 – 8 July 2006) was an Australian politician, affiliated with the Labor Party and elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.


Eric Bedford
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Fairfield
In office
24 February 1968 – 28 August 1981
Preceded byJack Ferguson
Succeeded byJanice Crosio
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Cabramatta
In office
19 September 1981 – 31 December 1985
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byJohn Newman
Personal details
Born
Eric Lance Bedford

(1928-02-19)19 February 1928
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
Died8 July 2006(2006-07-08) (aged 78)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLabor Party

Bedford was born at Concord, NSW, and attended Fort Street Boys High School before studying at Sydney Teachers College and embarking on a teaching career in country areas. He took an Arts degree through external study and returned to teach at Liverpool Boys High School and later Bankstown Girls High School.

While at Liverpool Boys High, Bedford met Gough Whitlam and enquired about rejoining the Labor Party, of which he had been a member in his youth. He later served as Gough Whitlam's campaign director at the 1966 election, and Whitlam persuaded Eric to stand for state parliament in the seat of Fairfield, which was vacant as a result of a redistribution.

Bedford won the seat and served as the Member for Fairfield between 1968 and 1981 and then represented the seat of Cabramatta. He served as the Minister for Education in the Wran Government for three years after 1976. He then served as Minister for Planning and the Environment, Minister for Industry and Minister for Small Business until the end of his political career in 1985.[1]

Eric Bedford received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and was invested with the Red Danice Hrvatske (Order of the Croatian Daystar) for services to education.

Eric Bedford died on 8 July 2006.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Hon. Eric Lance Bedford (1928–2006)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  • Hansard, House of Representatives, 16 August 2006
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jack Ferguson
Member for Fairfield
1968–1981
Succeeded by
Janice Crosio
New district Member for Cabramatta
1981–1985
Succeeded by
John Newman
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Pickard
Minister for Education
1976–1980
Succeeded by
Paul Landa
Preceded by
Paul Landa
Minister for Planning and Environment
1980–1984
Succeeded by
Terry Sheahan
Preceded by
Ron Mulock
Minister for Education
1984
Succeeded by
Rodney Cavalier