Tony Staley

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Tony Staley

AO
President of the Liberal Party of Australia
In office
28 August 1993 1 July 1999
Leader John Howard
Preceded by Ashley Goldsworthy
Succeeded by Shane Stone
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chisholm
In office
19 September 1970 19 September 1980
Preceded by Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Succeeded by Graham Harris
Personal details
Born (1939-05-15) 15 May 1939 (age 81)
Melbourne, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Elsa, Cynthia, Maggie, Sue. Present partner: Suzie Forge
ChildrenRichard Anthony William Staley, Jonathan Allan Witton Staley, Samuel John Staley, Alexandra Mary Staley, Lucinda Winsome Staley
OccupationBusinessman

Anthony Allan Staley AO (born 15 May 1939) is an Australian politician and businessman.

Staley was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne. He was the Member for Chisholm from 1970 to 1980 and was Minister for the Capital Territory from February 1976 to December 1977 in the Fraser Government and then Minister for Post and Telecommunications until his retirement from Parliament.

He later served as Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia. In May 1994 when Liberal Leader John Hewson called a leadership spill, Staley as Liberal President caused controversy when he withdrew his support for Hewson. The controversy was due to the expectation that the organisational wing of the party which Staley was in charge of as president did not interfere with the parliamentary party in selecting the leader. In the subsequent leadership spill Hewson was defeated by Alexander Downer but it was expected that Staley would not have survived as party president if Hewson had won the spill. He did continue on in the position and supported John Howard's bid to become Leader of the Opposition and ultimately Prime Minister. [1]

In 1990 he was involved in a serious road accident, which left him needing to use calipers to walk. [2]

Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Robinson
Minister for the Capital Territory
1976–1977
Succeeded by
Robert Ellicott
Minister for Post and Telecommunications
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Ian Sinclair
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Member for Chisholm
1970–1980
Succeeded by
Graham Harris

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References

  1. "Liberals' serial grub at the heart of a sorry affair". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 May 2002. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. Crabb, Annabel (6 May 2002). "No apology from Labor over 'deformed' slur at Liberal elder". The Age. Retrieved 3 October 2017.