Sir Reginald Swartz KBE MBE ED (1911-2006)
Left: Sir Reginald
(Photo: CAHS collection)
Reg Swartz returned to Australia in 1945 and entered Parliament as the Member for Darling Downs with the election of the Menzies Liberal Government in 1949. He held the seat for 23 years and served as a Minister in the Menzies, Holt, McEwen and Gorton governments. He was a Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce and then Trade between 1952 to 1961, and then successively Minister for Repatriation, Health, Social Services, Civil Aviation (1966-69) and National Development. He was Leader of the House of Representatives from 1971-72, when he retired from Parliament.
politics Reg Swartz earned respect from all sides for his integrity and decency,
and was regarded as a competent Minister. He was created a Knight Commander of
the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in June 1972.
Sir Reginald Swartz died in February 2006 aged 94 and was survived by his second wife Lady (Muriel) Swartz and three children. He was given a State Funeral which was held in Caloundra.
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