It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of former Member for Barker, Dr. Jim Forbes.
The Hon. Alexander James Forbes served as the Member for Barker between 1958 and 1975.
Born in Hobart in 1923, Dr. Forbes was educated in Adelaide before attending the Royal Military College of Duntroon, graduating in 1942, and serving with 2nd Australian Mountain Battery from 1944 to 1946, New Guinea and Bougainville, and later with occupation forces in Japan and Germany and awarded the Military Cross, in June 1945.
Dr. Forbes entered Parliament at the age of 32 in the 1956 Barker bi-election.
Dr. Forbes held a number of senior positions in Government including as the Minister for the Navy from 1963 to 1964, Minister for the Army and Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 1963 to 1966, Minister for Health from 1966 to 1971 and finally Minister for Immigration from 1971 to 1972.
Dr. Forbes served under a number of Prime Ministers, including founder of the Liberal Party Sir Robert Menzies.
Dr. Forbes was a dedicated representative of the people of Barker and indeed constituents continue to recall his service fondly.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time.
Vale Dr. Jim Forbes.