Tony FitzGerald

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Tony FitzGerald
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Lockyer
In office
29 November 1980 13 June 1998
Preceded by Tony Bourke
Succeeded by Peter Prenzler
Personal details
Andrew Anthony FitzGerald

(1940-02-22) 22 February 1940 (age 81)
Gatton, Queensland, Australia
Political party National Party

Andrew Anthony FitzGerald (born 22 February 1940; Gatton, Queensland) is a former Queensland, Australia, National Party politician who served in the state's Legislative Assembly for Lockyer from 1980 to 1998. He was the Government Whip under Premiers Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Mike Ahern from 7 February 1987 to 31 August 1989, when Ahern promoted him to Minister of Justice. He served in that role until Russell Cooper won a leadership spill on 25 September of that year and moved Fitzgerald to Minister for Community Services and Minister for Emergency Services and Administrative Services, a role he served in until the Coalition lost power on 7 December 1989 after the 1989 election. He served as Shadow Minister for Mines and Energy under Cooper. Rob Borbidge made him Justice and Corrective Services spokesman after winning the leadership in December 1991. He was appointed Leader of Coalition Business in November 1992, in which capacity he served as Leader of the Opposition Business until February 1996, and Leader of the House until he lost his seat at the 1998 election. [1]

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  1. "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Terry Mackenroth
Leader of the House of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Succeeded by
Terry Mackenroth
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Tony Bourke
Member for Lockyer
Succeeded by
Peter Prenzler