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Hubert Lazzarini

Background

  • Hubert Peter (Bert) Lazzarini was the ninth child of Italian-born Pietro Lazzarini, a labourer who became an orchardist, and his native-born wife Annie, née Stubbs. Carlo Camillo Lazzarini

    In 1919 Bert and Maude moved to Dulwich Hill, Sydney.

    Lazzarini died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 1 October 1952 at Fairfield and was buried in Liverpool cemetery; his wife, son and two daughters survived him. Parliamentary colleagues paid tribute to 'Laz', emphasizing his integrity and

    commitment to Labor principles.

  • Education

    • Bert received a Catholic education at Young

    Career

    • In 1919 the Australian Labor Party's branch at Young nominated Lazzarini to stand for the House of Representatives seat of Werriwa. The New South Wales executive chose him in October, ahead of nominees from the Grenfell and Cootamundra branches. Two months later he defeated (by 466 votes) John Lynch who had won the seat for the A.L.P. in 1914 and held it for the Nationalists in 1917. An electoral redistribution before the 1922 polls moved Werriwa eastward, taking from it the Young, Grenfell and Cootamundra regions, and adding the coastal strip from Shellharbour to Botany Bay. Lazzarini was to hold the seat (with increasing majorities) at the elections in 1922, 1925, 1928 and 1929. In 1927 he and his family shifted to Fairfield.

      Acute differences arose between the two governments on methods to counter the Depression. In March 1931 a special federal conference expelled the New South Wales branch and Lazzarini became a member of J. A. Beasley

      The Langites rejoined the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party in 1936 and in the following year Lazzarini was elected to the executive. In 1940 Lang formed the Australian Labor Party (Non-Communist). On 2 May Beasley unveiled a party of that name in the House of Representatives. This time Lazzarini remained with the F.P.L.P. He immediately and furiously countered the charge that those who would not again follow Beasley and Lang were pro-communist. In private Lazzarini mocked New South Wales members who sat on the fence 'with both ears to the ground'. At the

      polls in September he defeated seven candidates, including Rex Connor

      When Labor gained power under John Curtin. He shed his treasury responsibilities in September 1943, but Curtin

      gave him the additional portfolio of works in February 1945. In July that year his title was changed to minister for works and housing so that he could administer the pioneering Commonwealth and State Housing Agreement which provided homes for low-income families. The Department of Home Security was abolished in February 1946 and Lazzarini was not elected to Chifley's second ministry (formed in November 1946)

      Under the 1949 electoral redistribution, Werriwa was moved farther northward, losing most of the area south of Helensburgh and Liverpool, and gaining a large portion of the municipality of Fairfield. Lazzarini at last lived in his electorate. Following the April 1951 polls, he announced that he would not contest the next. Chifley thought that a

      local candidate should replace him. In a protracted contest E. G. Whitlam emerged from a final scrum of nine.

    Politics

    He was an Australian politician, holding the division of Werriwa as the Australian Labor Party member for most years from 1919 until his death

    Party affiliation: Labour Party

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    • the Australian Labor Party , Australia
      December 13, 1919 - October 1, 1952

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    Hubert Lazzarini
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    Born September 8, 1884
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    • 1915 - 1919
      draper, the House of Representatives
      Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia

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