Tom Dadour

Gabriel Thomas "Tom" Dadour AM (19 April 1925 – 17 March 2011) was an Australian doctor and politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1971 to 1986, representing the seat of Subiaco. He was a member of the Liberal Party until 1984, when he resigned to sit as an independent.

Dr Tom Dadour

Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
20 February 1971 – 8 February 1986
Preceded byHugh Guthrie
Succeeded byCarmen Lawrence
ConstituencySubiaco
Personal details
Born(1925-04-19)19 April 1925
Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia
Died17 March 2011(2011-03-17) (aged 85)
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal (to 1984)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (from 1984)

Early lifeEdit

Dadour was born in Sydney to Nabeeha (née Zazbeck) and Alexander Elias Dadour, his mother being of Syrian origin. He attended Sydney Boys High School before going to study medicine at the University of Sydney. Towards the end of World War II, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, serving on HMAS Hobart, HMAS LST 3008, and HMAS Waree before being discharged in November 1946. Dadour moved to Perth in 1953, and eventually opened a doctor's surgery in the suburb of Subiaco (which he maintained throughout his political career). He was elected to the Subiaco City Council in April 1967, and would serve as a councillor until October 1977.[1]

PoliticsEdit

At the 1971 state election, Dadour was invited to stand for Liberal preselection by the serving premier, Sir David Brand, and subsequently won the seat of Subiaco.[2] He was re-elected at the 1974, 1977, 1980, and 1983 elections.[3] However, Dadour left the Liberal Party in 1984 after a series of policy disagreements, and sat as an independent until his retirement at the 1986 state election.[1] One of his most notable achievements in parliament was the introduction of a private member's bill restricting tobacco advertising, which was the first of its kind in Australia. It passed the lower house, but was narrowly defeated in the upper house.[2]

Later lifeEdit

Dadour was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001, and died in Perth in March 2011, aged 85. He had married twice, firstly to Lesley Joan Clarke in 1953, with whom he had four children. He was divorced in 1982 and remarried the same year to Betty Douglas.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Gabriel Thomas Dadour – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Daube, Mike (March 2011). "The Most Generous GP Who Ever Lived - Dr Tom Dadour". Medicus. 51 (2): 29.
  3. ^ Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
Hugh Guthrie
Member for Subiaco
1971–1986
Succeeded by
Carmen Lawrence