- Category : 1926-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 2
Australian journalist and politician, born of Spanish-Irish parents in Brisbane and educated at a dozen schools around the world and the U. of South West England. Grassby served in the British Army during WW II and after returning to Australia in 1948, he entered state politics as Labour member for Murrumbridges, 1965-69, before entering Federal politics. He was the Federal MHR for Riverina, 1969-74 and Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Government.
Grassby is noted for his flamboyant dress and gregarious ideals, putting ethnic affairs and multiculturalism on the agenda formally abolishing the white Australia policy. He married Ellnor Louez on 2/03/1962 and they had one daughter. He had a criminal libel indictment at one time that was overturned in 1992. The following year he wrote "The Australian Republic."
Al Grassby, who had been treated for cancer, died on 23 April 2005, two days after suffering a heart attack, after several months' pneumonia.