Albert (Al) Jaime Grassby, AM

  • Born 12 July 1926 in Brisbane
  • Died 23 April 2005 in Canberra
  • Married Ellnor Louez, one daughter
  • Served in World War II (British Army)
  • Executive Officer, Irrigation Research and Extension Committee
  • State Member for Murrumbidgee, 1965-69
  • Member of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings 1969-72
  • Minister for Immigration 1972-74
  • Australian Commissioner for Community Relations 1975-82
  • Member of the Order of Australia 1985
  • In a condolence motion speech Labor Party Leader Kim Beazley remembered him: “for his passionate advocacy of equality, difference and opportunity and for his exuberance, flamboyance and colour”.
Cristy Houghton