Australian Labor, later Democratic Labor Party, politician. He was premier of Queensland 1952–57 when he was expelled from the Australian Labor Party as a consequence of the split in the party. Gair continued as premier and formed the Queensland Labor Party but lost the election later the same year to the Country-Liberal Party coalition. In 1962 the Queensland Labor Party became a state branch of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) and Gair entered federal parliament as a Queensland senator and leader of the DLP. He was appointed ambassador to Ireland in 1974 in an unsuccessful move by the Labor government to gain an extra Senate seat and was recalled by the new Fraser government in 1976.