Don Chipp
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Craggy faced politician, broadcaster and author born on 21st August, 1925, at Northcote, Victoria, one of four brothers to Leslie and Jessie.

As a youngster he played cricket, football and basketball. In 1953 he started favourite in the Bendigo Thousand Gift, run over 130 yards, only to lose narrowly in a time of about 12.5 seconds.

Don ChippIn 1977 he left the Liberal Party to form the Australian Democrats, promising to 'keep the bastards honest'.

In 1979 he married Idun Welz, an Austrian born air hostess/architect at St. Kilda. They have 2 daughters, Juliet and Laura.

Chipp served as the Democrat leader until 1986, when he retired. Andrew Peacock and others organised a farewell dinner to Chipp to celebrate his 25 years of service in Parliament.

In 1992 Don and Idun made a documentary about landmines and the devastation they had caused in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Don Chipp AO was an elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Canberra in February, 1998.

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