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Robert Askin

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Australian Liberal politician and Premier of New South Wales from 1965 to 1975.

A tram driver’s son, he worked as a bank clerk before being elected to the New South Wales assembly in 1950, after war-time military service.

When he led his party to electoral victory in 1965 he ended 24 years of Labor government in New South Wales.

Askin was noted for political shrewdness and conservative policies, strongly opposing the Whitlam Labor federal government and curbing public demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

His reputation has been tarnished since by allegations that he allowed corruption and organised crime to flourish during his term of office.