Alby Schultz

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Alby Schultz
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hume
In office
3 October 1998 – 5 August 2013
Preceded by John Sharp
Succeeded by Angus Taylor
Majority 58.72%
Member of the NSW Parliament
for Burrinjuck
In office
19 March 1988 – 1 September 1998
Preceded by Terence Sheahan
Succeeded by Katrina Hodgkinson
Personal details
Born Albert John Schultz
(1939-05-29) 29 May 1939 (age 75)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Gloria Schultz
Children 2
Residence Goulburn
Occupation Meat Worker

Albert John "Alby" Schultz (born 29 May 1939), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to August 2013, representing Hume, New South Wales.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was a meat processing worker before entering politics. He was a Field Officer for the Liberal Party 1986-88 and a member of the Cootamundra Shire Council 1983-91.

Career[edit]

Schultz was the member for Burrinjuck in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1998, before being elected to represent Hume at the 1998 election. He was subsequently returned at the 2001, 2004 and 2007 elections. He gained national media attention in the lead up to the privatisation of Telstra claiming that he would not support the legislation but would not "cross the floor". In the end he abstained from voting on the matter.[1]

Alby Schultz was one of the seven Liberal Party politicians along with Don Randall, Wilson Tuckey, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Dennis Jensen and Sophie Mirabella, who boycotted Parliament on the day that the formal apology to the Stolen Generations was made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.[2][3]

Schultz apologised in June 2009 for a physical confrontation with one of his Liberal parliamentary colleagues in a party room meeting in Parliament House. He had been angered by a remark made by Chris Pearce, the member for Aston in Victoria, during a debate about whether the Liberal Party should run candidates against National Party MPs. Schultz reportedly responded by grabbing Pearce around the neck. He later apologised to Pearce and the entire party room for the incident.[4]

In September 2012 he prompted in investigation by the Department of Parliamentary Service on concern of a "serious security breach" when he became aware his private calendar became accessible on other MP's computers. The investigation determined that his own office was responsible for the error when configuring the email service, by nominating access to multiple users.[5]

Schultz retired at the Australian federal election, 2013.[6]

In 2014 he remains listed as patron of the anti-wind farm lobby, the Waubra Foundation despite his continuing illness.[7]

Personal[edit]

In 2003 he lost an eye in an accident with hydrochloric acid while cleaning a swimming pool filter, and in 2004 he had a prosthetic eye fitted.[8][9] On 29 August 2010 a story about Schultz appeared on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph in which it was claimed he had threatened two independent MPs in the Federal Parliament urging them to make a decision on which party they would support. Alby Schultz denied the accuracy of the story.

Schultz is a staunch monarchist and has long been fighting against the movement to make Australia a republic.

Not long after his retirement, in May 2013, Schultz was diagnosed with inoperable liver and oesophageal cancer, 2 months before the diagnosis, it was revealed he had prostate cancer. He left his office at August and continues to fight his terminal cancer.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberal MP to obstain from Tesltra Sale Vote". ABC AM Radio. 4 July 2003. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Maiden, Samantha; John Stapleton (14 February 2008). "Howard walks while we say sorry". News Limited (The Australian). Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Coorey, Phillip (14 February 2008). "Libs stage boycott as Nelson heckled". Fairfax Digital (Sydney Morning Herald). Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Schultz outburst: 'Parliament's a pressure cooker'". ABC Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "User error blamed for security concerns". The Age. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alby Schulz to retire". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  7. ^ http://waubrafoundation.org.au/about/people/
  8. ^ "MP loses sight in one eye after acid accident". Sydney Morning Herald. 26 November 2003. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Schultz eye to eye with implant". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Alby Schultz suffering inoperable cancer". Canberra Times. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Terry Sheahan
Member for Burrinjuck
1988 – 1998
Succeeded by
Katrina Hodgkinson
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Sharp
Member for Hume
1998 – 2013
Succeeded by
Angus Taylor