Rex Patterson
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Rex Patterson

Personal data
Date of birth8 January 1927(age 83)
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Alma materUniversity of Queensland &
Australian National University &
University of Illinois &
University of Chicago
In office26 February 1966 - 13 December 1975
Succeeded byRay Braithwaite
Preceded byGeorge Shaw

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Rex Alan Patterson (born 8 January 1927) is a former Australian politician and minister.

Patterson was born in Bundaberg, Queensland and educated at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University, the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.

Patterson was elected as an Australian Labor Party member for the House of Representatives seat of Dawson at a by-election in 1966. When the Whitlam government was elected at the December 1972 election, he was appointed Minister for Northern Development. On 19 October 1973 he was sworn in as Minister for the Northern Territory by Elizabeth II, the only occasion when an Australian minister has been sworn in by a British monarch. On Christmas Day, 1974, the day after Cyclone Tracy, he flew into Darwin with Major-General Alan Stretton and they took responsibility for rebuilding Darwin. In June 1975 Patterson's portfolios were combined and he was retitled Minister for Northern Australia. On 14 October 1975, following Rex Connor's resignation from the ministry, he became Minister for Agriculture. Nevertheless, he lost this position when the government was dismissed on 11 November and he lost his seat in the subsequent election.

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THE FORGOTTEN WAR: Veterans look back at the Korean War - Rome News Tribune Tweet this news
Rome News Tribune--(Photo contributed by -Rex- Abernathy) Charles -Patterson- is pictured in Korea during train guard duty on Aug. 21, 1952. (Photo contributed by Charles ... - Date : Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:09:43 GMT+00:00
Pair of pitching gems highlight women's league games - Petoskey News-Review Tweet this news
Petoskey News-Review--Sarah -Patterson- of Line Drive Express finished 3-1 to pick up the outstanding pitcher award, and Amy Knapp of Hooters of Kalamazoo earned the outstanding ... - Date : Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:01:15 GMT+00:00
No one hurt after driver blacks out, hits house - The Grand Rapids Press - Tweet this news
The Grand Rapids Press - crashing her car into the front of a home at 8465 -Patterson- Ave. SE and into a downstairs bathroom. "It sounded like a big explosion," said -Rex- Belka, ... - Date : Mon, 24 May 2010 21:33:53 GMT+00:00

Preceded by
Reginald Swartz
Minister for Northern Development
1972 - 1975
|after = Paul Keating
Preceded by
Kep Enderby
Minister for the Northern Territory/
Minister for Northern Australia
1973 - 1975
|after = Ian Sinclair
Preceded by
Ken Wriedt
Minister for Agriculture
Succeeded by
Ray Braithwaite
Preceded by
George Shaw
Member for Dawson
1966 - 1975

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