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Magnus Cormack

Magnus Cormack

Australian politician
Magnus Cormack
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Intro Australian politician
Was Politician
From Australia
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 12 February 1906
Death 26 November 1994 (aged 88 years)
Politics Liberal Party of Australia
The details


Sir Magnus Cameron Cormack KBE (12 February 1906 – 26 November 1994) was a Scottish-born Australian politician.

Born in Caithness-shire, he migrated to Australia as a child, and was educated at St Peter's College in Adelaide. He became a farmer and grazier in the western district of Victoria before serving in the military during World War II, 1940-1945. He served on Kowree Shire Council and was President of the Victorian Liberal Party 1948-1949.

In 1951, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Liberal Senator for Victoria. He was defeated in the 1953 Senate election, but was re-elected in 1961. On 17 August 1971, he was appointed President of the Senate, succeeding the long-serving Alister McMullin. He held this position until 8 July 1974, when he was succeeded by Labor Senator Justin O'Byrne. He remained a Senator until his retirement, which took effect in 1978.

Cormack was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) "in recognition of service to political and public service" in 1970. He died in 1994.

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