|Preceded by Jack Beale|
Succeeded by Eric Ellis
|Name John Hatton|
Resigned February 27, 1995
|Full Name John Edward Hatton|
Born 29 May 1933 Hammondville, New South Wales (1933-05-29)
Website NSW Legislative Assembly webpage
Role Former Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Previous office Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1973–1995)
Books Police & the Community, the Necessity for Change: Submission to NSW Police Royal Commission, August 1996
Political party Independent politician
John Edward Hatton AO (born 29 May 1933) is former Australian politician, and a National Trust of Australia nominated Australian Living Treasure. He was the independent member of the Legislative Assembly of the New South Wales parliament for the seat of South Coast from 1973 to 1995. Notably, the allegations about police corruption Hatton raised in Parliament resulted in the Wood Royal Commission. He is currently a social activist in his local community.
- Early life and background
- State parliamentary career
- Later life
- Return to politics
- Honours received
Early life and background
John Hatton was born in Hammondville, New South Wales, the son of Harry and Florence Hatton. He was educated at Hammondville Public School, Hurlstone Agricultural High School and Armidale Teachers' College.
Hatton was the President of the NSW Shirea of Shoalhaven before his entry into state politics. Hatton was the Foundation President and President for 15 years of the Shoalhaven Combined Progress Associations.
State parliamentary career
Hatton was the member for the New South Wales lower house seat of South Coast between 1973 and 1995. A measure of Hatton's local popularity occurred in the 1976 state election where he polled in excess of 77% of the first preference formal votes. Shortly after becoming elected, Hatton donated a parliamentary pay rise to charity because it had not been granted by an independent body. John Hatton was elected as an independent for this seat for 22 years through the Askin, Lewis, Willis, Wran, Unsworth, Greiner and Fahey governments to 1995.
He used parliamentary privilege to expose organised crime in the Griffith mafia, police corruption and malfeasance within government departments and agencies. In 1994, by 46 votes to 45, he forced the minority Fahey Government to establish the Wood Royal Commission into Police Corruption. This ground-breaking royal commission overcame objections from the Independent Commission Against Corruption, led to widespread reform of the NSW Police Force and the establishment of the Police Integrity Commission.
Hatton continues to advocate for his local community. In 2009 he called for a Royal Commission into property and planning corruption in NSW.
Return to politics
1 September 2010, John Hatton announced his intent to stand with a team of 21 independents for the New South Wales Legislative Council [Upper House] at the NSW State Election on Saturday 26 March 2011. His running mate was small business owner and Community Independent Ian Scandrett who was #2 on the ticket. Scandrett has since been elected twice to Wingecarribee Shire Council. The grouping of candidates were known as the John Hatton Independents Team. Hatton and his fellow candidates of his team were unsuccessful at the 2011 election.