Mick Cotter
John Francis "Mick" Cotter, OAM
Order of Australia
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 (born 21 March 1935) is a retired Australia
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n politician. Born in Yarram, Victoria
Yarram, Victoria
Yarram , is an isolated town in Victoria, Australia, in the Shire of Wellington, located in the southeast of Gippsland. The term 'Yarraam Yarraam' is thought to be an aboriginal phrase meaning 'plenty of water,' however it is not known which language group the name is taken from...

, he was a pastoralist, miner, prospector and contractor before entering politics. Having moved to Western Australia
Western Australia
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, he was elected to Coolgardie Shire Council
Shire of Coolgardie
The Shire of Coolgardie is a Local Government Area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, lying roughly west and south of the city of Kalgoorlie...

 in 1965. In 1974 he left the council, and in 1975 he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives
Australian House of Representatives
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 as the Liberal
Liberal Party of Australia
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 member for Kalgoorlie
Division of Kalgoorlie
The Division of Kalgoorlie was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Western Australia, named after the city of Kalgoorlie. The Division, which was proclaimed in 1900 as one of the original 75 divisions to be contested at the first Federal election, covered most of the land area of...

, defeating long-serving Labor
Australian Labor Party
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 member Fred Collard
Fred Collard
Frederick Walter "Fred" Collard was an Australian politician. Born in Beverley, Western Australia, he was educated at state schools before becoming a goldminer and an official with the Australian Workers' Union. He served in the military 1942-1946...

. He held the seat until his defeat in 1980.
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