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He was born in Paddington, Brisbane, where he lived throughout his life. He began his working life in the railways and soon became a union official. In the Railways Strike of 1912 he played a prominent part as a militant.
He entered parliament in 1926 representing the Labor Party as member for Ithaca.
Over the years his outlook 'mellowed', and having began as a union militant he ended as premier sending the Police to suppress peaceful union demonstrations in 1946.
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