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Arrival of Premier of Queensland Hon Vince Clare Gair at Eagle Farm, the Premier delivers speech, Mrs Gair and JE Duggan seated | by Queensland State Archives
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Arrival of Premier of Queensland Hon Vince Clare Gair at Eagle Farm, the Premier delivers speech, Mrs Gair and JE Duggan seated

Vincent Clare "Vince" Gair (25 February 1901 - 11 November 1980) was an Australian politician. He served as Premier of Queensland from 1952 until 1957, when his stormy relations with the trade union movement saw him expelled from the Australian Labor Party.

 

He was elected to the Australian Senate and led the Democratic Labor Party from 1965 to 1973. In 1974 he was appointed Australian Ambassador to Ireland by the Whitlam government, which caused his expulsion from the DLP.

 

Gair was born in Rockhampton to John Alexander and Catherine Mary Gair, who were founding members of the Labor Party in Queensland in the 1890s. He began work with the Department of Railways upon the family's move to Dutton Park, Queensland. in 1916 he joined the Australian Labor Party.

 

Under Gair's premiership, reforms were carried out in worker's compensation, sick leave, and annual leave. Long-service leave was also introduced, while the government's price controls enabled workers in Queensland to enjoy the highest real wages (adjusted for prices) in Australia.

 

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Taken in September 1953