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|Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs|
11 March 1996 –11 July 1997
|Prime Minister||John Howard|
|Preceded by|| Chris Schacht (Small Business)|
Jeannette McHugh (Consumer Affairs)
|Succeeded by|| Peter Reith (Small Business)|
Chris Ellison (Consumer Affairs)
|Member of the Australian Parliament |
11 July 1987 –17 October 2007
|Preceded by||Peter Drummond|
|Succeeded by||Nola Marino|
|Born||6 November 1948|
Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
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Chris Schacht (small business)
Jeannette McHugh (consumer affairs)
| Small Business and Consumer Affairs |
Peter Reith (small business)
Chris Ellison (consumer affairs)
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Forrest |