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Bill Aylett

Australian politician

Died when: 75 years 269 days (908 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio


Bill Aylett

William Edward Aylett (15 November 1900 – 10 August 1976) was an Australian politician who served as a Senator for Tasmania from 1938 to 1965, representing the Labor Party (ALP).

He worked as a miner, mail contractor, and farmer before entering politics.He was first elected to the Senate at the age of 36 and won re-election on five further occasions.

Aylett was placed at the bottom of the ALP ticket for the 1953 election, but issued his own campaign material and was re-elected.

He was subsequently censured by the ALP state executive for his defiance of the party's instructions.In 1959, a year into his final term, Aylett decided to move to Queensland's Gold Coast, for what he said were health reasons.

He kept his office in Launceston, but his decision to move states proved controversial.In 1962, Aylett's frequent absences from the Senate came under public scrutiny.

He was censured by the ALP federal executive for his attendance record, although moves to expel him were unsuccessful, and he retired from parliament at the next election.

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