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Lynched-Brian Buckley - The Life of Philip Lynch

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Lynched-Brian Buckley - The Life of Philip Lynch

Lynched-Brian Buckley - The Life of Philip Lynch

Lynched - Brian Buckley - The Life of Phillip Lynch

used paperback: .1991 edition - in good condition

The Biography of Phillip Lynch one of the architects of "The Dismissal"

About Philip Lynch

Sir Phillip Reginald Lynch KCMG (27 July 1933 - June 19, 1984) was an Australian Liberal politician. Lynch held the House of Representatives seat of Flinders from 1966 to 1982. Between 1968 and 1972, he served variously as Minister for the Army, Minister for Immigration, and Minister for Labour and National Service, under Prime Ministers John Gorton and William McMahon. In opposition from 1972 to 1975, he was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Opposition as then Liberal leader Billy Snedden had refused to give the title to the Country Party leader Doug Anthony. After his party won back government in 1975, Lynch continued as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party until his retirement in 1982.

Malcolm Fraser appointed Lynch Treasurer in 1975. When the Treasury portfolio was split into Treasury and Finance in December 1976, Lynch held both portfolios. He is noted for using the expression "rubbery" to describe some of the estimates in his 1977 Budget Speech, leading to the use of the expression "rubbery figures" in Australian political debate. He was forced to resign from the ministry on 19 November 1977 when it became known that he was using a family trust to minimise his tax obligations, which was perceived as a conflict of interests. He was replaced as Treasurer by John Howard and as Minister for Finance by Eric Robinson. An official inquiry found that he had done nothing illegal or improper, and he returned to the ministry in December, as Minister for Industry and Commerce. After the 1980 election, Fraser formed the Committee of Review of Government Functions, popularly known as the "Razor Gang", which Phillip Lynch chaired. Phillip Lynch was named a Knight of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the New Year's Day Honours of 1981. He resigned his parliamentary seat on the grounds of ill-health in 1982, and died of stomach cancer in 1984, survived by his wife, Leah and three sons.

I do not think that those of us who are paying tribute to Sir Phillip Lynch would mark him out as a man of extraordinary intellectual brilliance. He was not. But he was a man who developed the capacities he had within him by sheer unremitting work. He never gave up. He had that quality that the Germans call Sitzfleisch. He could outsit anybody else. He was very valuable in committee work. When people were fainting in coils, Sir Phillip Lynch was writing the minutes.


—Barry Jones

I would like to associate myself with the motion moved by the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and warmly endorse his remarks and those of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Peacock) and the Leader of the National Party of Australia (Mr Sinclair). I first got to know Phillip Lynch really well when the Liberal Party was in opposition before I became a member of parliament. I served with him as a member of a committee asked by the Federal Executive of the Liberal Party to rewrite the Federal platform after our election defeat in 1972. All of us, if we are candid-on occasions such as this perhaps we should be more candid and be enjoined to be more candid than on other occasions-will acknowledge that the early months of opposition for any political movement are difficult. During those early months in opposition Phillip Lynch worked extraordinarily hard in the interests of his Party and in the interests of our side of politics. I became tremendously impressed then with his commitment and his capacity for hard work. He demonstrated that capacity at a parliamentary level in 1975 with his relentless work on behalf of the Opposition concerning the loans affair. Sir Phillip marked himself in my eyes as a person of enormous energy and application to the job. The Prime Minister's cataloguing of the portfolios that he held is very eloquent testimony to that.

-- John Howard

 

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