Jack Wright (politician)
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Jack Wright Politician

Jack Wright
Deputy Premier of South Australia

10 November 1982 - 16 July 1985
Roger Goldsworthy
Don Hopgood
Minister of Works

15 March 1979 - 18 September 1979
Des Corcoran
Dean Brown

10 November 1982 - 19 February 1984
Dean Brown
Terry Hemmings
Member of the South Australian House of Assembly
for Adelaide

3 July 1971 - 7 December 1985
Sam Lawn
Michael Duigan
Personal details
Born
John David Wright

(1927-01-25)25 January 1927
Died28 August 1998(1998-08-28) (aged 71)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

John David "Jack" Wright (25 January 1927 – 28 August 1998) was an Australian politician and Deputy Premier of South Australia under John Bannon from 1982 to 1985. Wright represented the House of Assembly seat of Adelaide for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party from 1971 to 1985.[1] Wright was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 1986 Australia Day Honours for "service to politics, industrial relations and the community".[2]

Wright was born in Toowoomba, Queensland. He was educated at Marist Brothers College in Charters Towers, but left school early to become a shearer by trade. He became involved with the Australian Workers' Union in 1942 and was involved with the union in many capacities throughout his life, including as secretary of their Queensland shearers' strike committee in 1945, variously holding every position in its Broken Hill, New South Wales branch between 1949 and 1957, and then as its organiser in Port Augusta, South Australia from 1957 to 1966. He then variously served as state organiser, industrial advocate, president and secretary between 1966 and 1971.[3]

He was first elected to the House of Assembly at a 1971 by-election and first became a minister under Don Dunstan in 1975. Serving as a minister under both Dunstan and John Bannon, he variously held the ministerial portfolios of Minister Assisting the Premier in Industrial Democracy, Minister for Labour and Industry, Minister for Public Works and Minister for Emergency Services. He retired due to ill health in 1985.[3]

He served as Chairman of the Lotteries Commission after leaving politics. He died in 1998 and was granted a state funeral.[3]

His son, Michael Wright was a state MP from 1997 to 2014 and a minister under Mike Rann.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Jack Wright: SA Parliament". Archived from the original on 15 September 2018. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "AD86" (PDF). Governor General's Office of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY Tuesday 27 October 1998". Hansard. Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Retiring MPs". South Australian Election 2014. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Des Corcoran
as Minister for Works
Minister for Public Works
1979
Succeeded by
Dean Brown
Preceded by
Roger Goldsworthy
Deputy Premier of South Australia
1982 – 1985
Succeeded by
Don Hopgood
Preceded by
Dean Brown
Minister for Public Works
1982 – 1984
Succeeded by
Terry Hemmings
South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Sam Lawn
Member for Adelaide
1971–1985
Succeeded by
Michael Duigan



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