Alan Stockdale

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The Honourable
Alan Stockdale
President of the Liberal Party of Australia
In office
19 February 2008 – 25 June 2014
Preceded by Chris McDiven
Treasurer of Victoria
In office
6 October 1992 – 7 October 1999
Premier Jeff Kennett
Preceded by Tony Sheehan
Succeeded by Denis Napthine
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Brighton
In office
2 March 1985 – 17 September 1999
Preceded by Jeannette Patrick
Succeeded by Louise Asher
Personal details
Born Alan Robert Stockdale
(1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 70)
Citizenship Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Deirdre O'Shea (?)
Doreen (?)
Dominique Fisher (2003–)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Profession Lawyer
Religion Anglican

Alan Robert Stockdale (born 21 April 1945) is the former President of the Liberal Party and a former Victorian state Deputy Liberal leader. He was Treasurer of Victoria in the government of Jeff Kennett from 1992 to 1999.

Early life[edit]

Having attended Melbourne High School during his secondary years, Stockdale undertook his tertiary education at the University of Melbourne, obtaining his LL.B. in 1967 followed by his B.A. in 1970. Whilst at University, he was active within the Melbourne University Liberal Club, becoming President in 1965. He also chaired both the Melbourne University Debating Union and Melbourne University Debating Society, representing the University as an inter-varsity debating representative in 1966.[1]

Stockdale has been married three times. After a brief marriage to Deirdre O'Shea, he married Doreen in the 1970s. They were together until the late 1990s, having three sons together. In 2003 Stockdale married Dominique Fisher.[1][2][3]

Legal career[edit]

Upon completion of his tertiary education, Stockdale pursued a legal career as a self-employed barrister, specialising in industrial relations. In 1977, he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, followed by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1982. Stockdale also signed the High Court Roll of Practitioners in 1977.

Political life[edit]

On 2 March 1985, Stockdale was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Brighton, a staunchly held safe seat for the Liberal Party of Australia. Stockdale then served on various Committees in opposition. In 1989 he was elected deputy leader of the State Liberal Party which also saw his running mate Alan Brown being elected leader by ousting Jeff Kennett. However Brown and Stockdale were deposed when Jeff Kennett made his comeback in 1991.[2]

When the Liberal government of Jeff Kennett was elected in 1992, Stockdale became Treasurer. He is also credited with being the world's first Minister for Multimedia, to which portfolio was added the additional responsibility of Information Technology in 1998.[4]

Post-political career[edit]

Upon retiring from state parliament in 1999, Stockdale proceeded to accept positions within the Macquarie Bank Ltd, as Executive Chairman, Asset & Infrastructure Group, as well as the Chairmanship of Axon Instruments Inc. He has also been appointed as Chairman, Symex Holdings Ltd; Executive Chairman, Infrastructure, Macquarie Bank Ltd; Director, Melbourne Football Club 1999-2001 and; Partner, Mills Oakley Lawyers 2005.[5][6]

In 2013 when the oldest club in Australian Rules Football hit what can only be described as its lowest point in club history Stockdale has created and leads the "Melbourne Matters" campaign, it aims to run as Melbourne's board with Alan as the Club President.[7]

Stockdale Federal President of the Liberal Party from February 2008 until June 2014.[8]


  1. ^ a b Rule, Andrew (26 March 1995). "Taking stock". The Sunday Age. 
  2. ^ a b "Re-Member - Stockdale, Alan Robert". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Walker, Frank; Chulov, Martin (5 September 1999). "'I've done all I can to persuade her to stay'". The Sun-Herald. 
  4. ^ Walker, David (30 January 1997). "Kennett banks on multimedia". The Age. Then Mr Kennett won the 1996 election and made Mr Stockdale Minister for Multimedia - said to be the first government minister anywhere in the world to carry the title. 
  5. ^ Salusinszky, Imre (22 February 2008). "Stockdale new Liberals president". The Australian. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Webb, Christopher (12 April 2001). "Little adventure but `moneyman' delivers again". The Age. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Grattan, Michelle (22 February 2008). "Stockdale appointed new Liberal president". The Age. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jeannette Patrick
Member for Brighton
Succeeded by
Louise Asher
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Sheehan
Treasurer of Victoria
Succeeded by
Denis Napthine
Party political offices
Preceded by
Chris McDiven
President of the Liberal Party of Australia