Frank Stewart

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Francis Eugene "Frank" Stewart (20 February 1923 – 16 April 1979), a former Australian politician and rugby league footballer, was a member of the Australian House of Representatives representing Lang between 1953 and 1977 and subsequently Grayndler between 1977 and 1979 for the Australian Labor Party. During his term in parliament, he was the Minister for Tourism and Recreation. Prior to his election to parliament, Stewart played first grade rugby league for Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs between 1948 and 1950.

His younger brother, Kevin Stewart AO, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Canterbury between 1976 and 1981, also for Labor. Kevin Stewart was a New South Wales government minister.

Early life and army career

Stewart was born in the Sydney suburb of Belmore and educated at St Joseph's School, Belmore and St Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney. He married Maureen Neagle Smith in August 1952.

He served in the Second Australian Imperial Force in New Guinea with the 39th Transport Platoon in 1944 and 1945 and was eventually promoted to sergeant.

Political career

Stewart joined the Australian Labor Party in 1942 and was elected as the federal member for Lang in 1953 and belonged to the right-wing Catholic faction of the party. He was widely considered a grouper, although unlike many other "groupers" he never left the Labor Party.

When the Whitlam government was elected in 1972, he...
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