Andrew Jones (Australian politician)

Andrew Jones (Australian politician)

Andrew Thomas Jones (born 26 May 1944) became the youngest ever Australian federal Member of Parliament when he was elected to the Division of Adelaide on 26 November 1966, [cite web
title =Members of the House of Representatives since 1901
publisher =Parliament of Australia
work=Parliamentary Handbook
url =http://www.aph.gov.au/library/handbook/historical/representatives/heitmann.king.htm
accessdate = 2008-02-24
] aged just 22 years and 184 days. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Jones studied at the University of Adelaide and was working as a travel officer when he gained Liberal and Country League (LCL) preselection for the apparently safe Labor seat of Adelaide at the 1966 election. Much to the surprise of everyone except Jones, he swept into parliament with an 11.1% swing. Extremely conservative even by general LCL standards, Jones ruffled feathers for his views, including his belief that alcohol was the devil's urine and claimed that "half the MPs in Parliament are drunk half the time". [cite news
title =Politicians behaving badly - what's new?
publisher =The Sydney Morning Herald
first=Alan
last=Ramsey
date=10 December 2003
url =http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/09/1070732212807.html?from=storyrhs
accessdate = 2008-02-24
] While he was forced to publicly apologise for these remarks, [cite web
title = Events and issues that made the news in 1967
publisher =National Archives of Australia
first=Ian
last=Hancock
url =http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/cabinet/by-year/1967-events-issues.aspx
accessdate = 2008-02-24
] Jones caused further controversy by releasing a book, entitled "Andrew Jones M.H.R by Himself", in which he made further comments on the "wickedness" of parliament, as well as a rather infamous spoken word record.

The record, "Shadow Valley and Iron Triangle", described by Jones as "anti-Communist", by his supporters as "a reaction against the spate of sick immoral and depraved pseudo-folk music, which pours from the radio" and by detractors as "awful" or "pure jingoism", was a local Adelaide hit for Jones, who donated the proceeds to charity. The song included such lines like "When you hear the anthem lift up your head, remember our past, see our glorious future and let your voice sing out, and friend, thank God you're free." At least one Adelaide radio announcer refused to play the song.

Jones lost his seat at the 1969 federal elections, suffering an 8.4% swing against him. Following the loss, Jones's reasoning to Prime Minister John Gorton for his defeat, "not even Jesus Christ could have held Adelaide", [cite web
title=Events and issues that made the news in 1969
publisher =National Archives of Australia
first=Ian
last=Hancock
url =http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/cabinet/by-year/1969-events-issues.aspx
accessdate = 2008-02-24
] quickly entered Australian political folklore. Jones later unsuccessfully ran as an independent candidate for the Senate at the 1977 federal elections before moving to Western Australia and assuming a low profile.

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