Gordon Bilney

Gordon Neil Bilney (21 June 1939  28 October 2012) was an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Kingston from 1983 to 1996.

Gordon Bilney
Bilney in 1984
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Kingston
In office
5 March 1983  2 March 1996
Preceded byGrant Chapman
Succeeded bySusan Jeanes
Personal details
Born(1939-06-21)21 June 1939
Renmark, South Australia
Died28 October 2012(2012-10-28) (aged 73)
Marino, South Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Gunton (1967–1995)
Sandra Colhoun (2002–2012)
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide

Bilney was born in Renmark, South Australia. Prior to entering politics, Bilney was a diplomat, and his first chosen occupation, prior to that, was a dentist. He served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD from 1975 to 1978 and as the Australian High Commissioner to the West Indies from 1980 to 1982, in Jamaica.[1]

He was first elected to federal parliament at the 1983 federal election. He won the seat of Kingston, based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, defeating incumbent Liberal MP Grant Chapman. Bilney was subsequently re-elected to the same seat at the 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993 elections. He was defeated by Liberal candidate Susan Jeanes at the 1996 federal election.

Between 1990 and 1996, Bilney was a minister in the Labor governments of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. He was the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 1990 to 1993 and the Minister for Development Cooperation and Pacific Island Affairs from 1993 to 1996.

Bilney died on Sunday 28 October 2012 at the age of 73.[2]


  1. "Minister announces Jamaica posting". The Canberra Times. ACT. 19 December 1979. p. 17.
  2. "The Australian, 30 October 2012". Theaustralian.com.au. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
David Simmons
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Succeeded by
John Faulkner
New creation Minister for Development Cooperation
and Pacific Island Affairs

Portfolio abolished
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Grant Chapman
Member for Kingston
Succeeded by
Susan Jeanes
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Brian Hickey
Australian High Commissioner to Jamaica
1980 – 1981
Succeeded by
R.E. Little
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