Mr Barnard was a teacher
with the Education Department before becoming a Member of the House of Representatives
from 1954 to 1975. He was Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor
Party from 1967 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1972 to 1974.
Mr Barnard was the Australian Ambassador to Norway, Finland and Sweden from 1972-75 and is the former Director of the Office of Australian War Graves, Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a member of the Launceston Working Men's Club.