Harry Edwards (politician)

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Dr Harry Edwards
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Berowra
In office
2 December 1972 – 8 February 1993
Preceded byTom Hughes
Succeeded byPhilip Ruddock
Personal details
Born(1927-01-10)10 January 1927
Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia
Died26 June 2012(2012-06-26) (aged 85)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
OccupationEconomist, university professor

Harold Raymond Edwards AM (10 January 1927 – 26 June 2012) was an Australian politician, economist and academic.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Drummoyne, Sydney, Edwards was educated at Abbotsford Public School until his family moved to Temora, due to the Sydney smog aggravating his sister's asthma. In Temora, Edwards joined the Air Corps and gained his private pilot's licence. When he finished his schooling, he returned to Sydney to attend the University of Sydney, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Edwards received his PhD from Nuffield College, Oxford—his doctoral thesis, Competition and Monopoly in the British Soap Industry, was published as a book in 1962.[1] He was subsequently Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Sydney from 1962 to 1965. In 1966 he became Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, a position he held until 1972.[2] Among his students was John Hewson.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1972, Tom Hughes, the Liberal member for the very safe Australian House of Representatives seat of Berowra was preselected for the seat, but subsequently retired after being removed from the ministry. Edwards nominated for preselection, which he won against a large field of 24 candidates including future Prime Minister John Howard. He was elected at the 1972 federal election, and held the seat until his retirement in 1993.[1] Edwards was the only person to be on the Coalition front bench during the Labor governments of both Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, without holding ministerial position during the intervening Liberal government of Malcolm Fraser.[4]

Edwards was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Uniting force in economics". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  3. ^ Green, Antony (2007). "Berowra". Antony Green's Election Guide 2007. ABC Elections. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  4. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Berowra". Adam Carr's Guide to the 2007 Federal Election. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  5. ^ "EDWARDS, Harold Raymond". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Archived from the original on 5 October 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Berowra
Succeeded by