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The Hon Sir (James) Denis James Killen AC KCMG

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 12/01/2007

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 15423

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of the former Liberal Member for Moreton and Gorton and Fraser Government Minister Sir James Killen. He passed away in Brisbane today at the age of 81.

Sir James served as Minister for the Navy in the Gorton Government from 1969 to 1971, Minister for Defence in the Fraser Government between 1975 and 1982 and Vice President of the Executive Council from 1982 to 1983.

He was knighted in 1982 and received the Companion of Australia - the highest of Australia's honours - in 2004 for his distinguished contribution to public life as a parliamentarian, barrister, author, orator and advocate for social justice and the rights of the underprivileged members of the community.

He enjoyed the affection of all sides of politics because of his wit, warmth and no-nonsense approach to public life.

Political legend has it that in 1961 he received one of the most famous telegrams in Australian political history from the then Prime Minister RG Menzies saying:

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