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George Burns (Australian politician)

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Preceded by  George Fuller
Role  Australian Politician
Resigned  May 5, 1917
Name  George Burns
Succeeded by  Hector Lamond
Party  Australian Labor Party
Nationality  Australian
Died  August 15, 1932

George Burns (Australian politician)
Born  19 April 1869 (1869-04-19)

Political party  Australian Labor Party

George Mason Burns (19 April 1869 – 15 August 1932) was an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1913 to 1917, representing the electorate of Illawarra. He had previously been a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1903 to 1906.

Burns was born at Mogo on the South Coast of New South Wales, and was working in mines at thirteen. He joined the Illawarra Miners' Union in 1889 and became the delegate for the South Bull Miners' Lodge. He was heavily involved in advocating for the passage of the Coal Mines Regulation Act 1902 in New South Wales, and was blacklisted by mine owners following its passage, so moved to Tasmania that year.

He was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly at the 1903 state election, and was re-elected at the 1906 election, but resigned in November that year to contest the 1906 federal election in Denison, in which he was unsuccessful. In 1907, he went to Queensland to work as secretary and organiser of the Charters Towers branch of the Australian Workers' Union.

He was elected to the House of Representatives for the New South Wales seat of Illawarra at the 1913 federal election, having unsuccessfully contested the same seat in 1910. He was re-elected at the 1914 election, and was one of the earliest parliamentary opponents of conscription during World War I, but was defeated at the 1917 election. Later in life, he was an unsuccessful Labor candidate for St George at the 1925 New South Wales state election.

He died at his home at Cremorne in 1932 and was cremated. He had married well-known Labor women's organiser Lilian Locke in 1906.


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