Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.
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|Birth:||25th September, 1862|
|Death:||28th October, 1952|
Billy Hughes was born in Pimlico, London. He was an Australian politician. He was the seventh Prime Minister of Australia, from 1915 to 1923. Originally Prime Minister as leader of the Labor Party, his support of conscription led him, along with 24 other pro-conscription members, to form National Labor. National Labor merged with the Commonwealth Liberal Party to form the Nationalist Party. His prime ministership came to an end when the Nationalist party was forced to form a coalition with the Country Party, who refused to serve under Hughes. He was the longest serving prime minister up to that point, and the fifth longest serving over all. He would later lead the United Australia Party to the 1943 election, though Arthur Fadden served as Coalition leader. He died in 1952 at age 90, while still serving in Parliament. He is the longest-serving member of the Australian Parliament, and one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Australian political history.
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