Bruce Eastick

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Mayor Bruce Eastick in 1999.

Bruce Charles Eastick (born 25 October 1926) is a former Australian politician. He was a Liberal and Country League and Liberal Party of Australia member of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1970 to 1993, representing the electorate of Light.

Eastick served as the state Opposition Leader from 1972 to 1975, and led the party to the 1973 and 1975 elections, losing both to the Don Dunstan-led Australian Labor Party. His term as leader also saw the LCL, the state's main conservative party since 1932, formally rebrand itself as the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia (though a separate state Country Party had been reformed in 1963). As such, he was the only LCL leader to have never served as Premier.

Eastick also served as Speaker in the House of Assembly when his successor as South Australia Liberal leader, David Tonkin, served as premier from 1979–82.

In 1996 Eastick was made a member of The Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his "service to the South Australian Parliament, local government and the community".[1]

Eastick is the eldest son of Sir Thomas Charles ("Tom") Eastick.

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  1. ^ "Australian Honours". It's An Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Steele Hall
Leader of the Liberal and Country League (SA)
1972 – 1974
Succeeded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, SA division
Preceded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal and Country League
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (SA division)
1974 – 1975
Succeeded by
David Tonkin