Vale former Barker member Dr Jim Forbes

Former Member for Barker, Dr Jim Forbes, has passed away at the age of 95.

Born in Hobart on December 16, 1923, Dr Alexander James Forbes attended St Peter's College in Adelaide and then went on to graduate from the Royal Military College, at Duntroon in 1942.

He then served in World War II, first in Darwin and then New Guinea, and was awarded the Military Cross for his courage and devotion.

At the age of 32, Dr Forbes entered politics through the 1956 Barker bi-election and went on to hold a number of senior and ministerial positions through his career.

He served a number of prime ministers, including Sir Robert Menzies, and was the Minister for the Navy from 1963-64, Minister for the Army and Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 1963-66 (introducing conscription in 1964), Minister for Health from 1966-71 and Minister for Immigration from 1971-72.

Dr Forbes retired in 1975 and two years later received the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his service to parliament.

He went on to be chairman of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and the National Library of Australia.