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Al Grassby AM

1926 – 2005

The Hon. Al Grassby AM (1926 - 2005) was born in Brisbane of a second-generation Spanish father and an Irish mother. He was a journalist before becoming the Labour member for Murrumbidgee NSW (1965 - 1969). He was Minister for Immigration (1972 - 1974) under the Whitlam government and a keen advocate for multiculturalism. Following his defeat in the 1974 elections he held various government posts. He was known as a gregarious and idealistic person with a flamboyant dress sense.

Updated 2005