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Ray O'Connor : biography

6 March 1926 - 25 February 2013

Raymond James "Ray" O'Connor (6 March 192625 February 2013) was an Australian politician. He served as the 22nd Premier of Western Australia, from 1982 to 1983. He also played Australian rules football for the and East Perth Football Clubs in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL). In 1991, he was convicted of fraud as part of the WA Inc scandal, and served a six-month jail term.

Pre-political life

O'Connor was born in Perth and attended schools in towns of Narrogin and York, and St Patrick's Boys' School in Perth. He enlisted in the Australian Army and served in the 61st Battalion of the Second Australian Imperial Force between 1944 and 1947. His first attempt to enter Parliament failed when he stood as an Independent Liberal candidate for the Metropolitan Province in the Legislative Council. O'Connor also played several senior matches of Australian rules football: two matches for in 1944 in the war-time under-age competition, and later 14 matches for from 1948 to 1950.

Political career

O'Connor joined the Liberal Party in 1957 and in the general election of 1959 he was elected MLA for North Perth, defeating Stan Lapham, a Labor man who had held the seat for 6 years. O'Connor became Premier on the resignation of Sir Charles Court.'Rocky' makes it to the top. -Raymond O'Connor becomes premier of Western Australia- The Australian, 25 Jan 1982, p.7 (ISSN: 1038-8761) Poprzeczny, Joseph He was defeated at the polls after just over a year in office in 1983.The winning of the West. Kitney, Geoff National Times, 23 Jan 1983, p.6-7

A Western Australian Royal Commission into business dealings by the Government was conducted during 1991 and 1992. He was tried in 1995 on charges of stealing a 25,000 cheque from the Bond Corporation and was given a six-month jail sentence. in WA Inc Royal Commission Report, Vol.VI, 1992, p. 135, at State Law Publisher, Government of WA

He died in 2013 at the age of 86.

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