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Bill Moore (Queensland politician)

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Preceded by  James Keogh
Nationality  Australian
Other political affiliations  ALP
Succeeded by  Ray Ramsden
Political party  QLP
Party  Queensland Labor Party
Full Name  William Matthew Moore
Born  11 September 1897 Miles, Queensland, Australia (1897-09-11)
Spouse(s)  Susan May Madden (m.1924 d.1981)
Died  3 February 1976, Brisbane, Australia
Resting place  Pinnaroo Cemetery and Crematorium, Brisbane

William Matthew "Bill" Moore (11 September 1897 – 3 February 1976) was a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.



Moore was born at Miles, Queensland, the son of Patrick Moore and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Cleary) and was educated in Miles and Brisbane. He was a schoolteacher for thirteen years and an inspector for the State Government Insurance Office. From 1933 to 1940 he was a private businessman. He died in February 1976 and was buried in the Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery.

Public career

When the sitting member for Merthyr, James Keogh died in 1940 a by-election was held. Moore, the ALP candidate, defeated the UAP candidate and previous member for Merthyr, Patrick Kerwin. In 1957, Moore had joined with Premier, Vince Gair and most of his cabinet in forming the breakaway QLP. An election was called later in the year and he was defeated by the Liberal Party's Ray Ramsden.

During his time in government, Moore held the following portfolios:

  • Acting Secretary for Labour and Industry 1948-1949
  • Secretary for Mines and Immigration 1949-1950
  • Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 1950-1957
  • When Queensland's free hospital scheme was under attack by the federal government in the 1950s Moore fought tooth and nail to successfully retain it. He was also the member responsible for the Health Acts Amendment Act 1955 which banned the manufacture, sale or use of paint containing white lead.


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