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Sir Billy Snedden KCMG

1926 – 1987

Sir Billy Snedden KCMG (1926-1987), politician, was elected as a federal member in 1955. A QC from Melbourne, he held the post of Attorney General in the Menzies government from 1964 to 1967. He was federal Treasurer in 1971 and 1972, before replacing Billy McMahon as leader of the Liberal Party, edging out Malcolm Fraser for the position. At 45, he was the party's youngest ever leader. In 1974 he narrowly lost the election to Gough Whitlam. The following year Snedden was replaced as leader by Fraser. Snedden remained Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983.

Updated 2018