Neil Brown (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Neil Brown
QC
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Diamond Valley
In office
25 October 1969 – 2 December 1972
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by David McKenzie
In office
13 December 1975 – 5 March 1983
Preceded by David McKenzie
Succeeded by Peter Staples
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Menzies
In office
1 December 1984 – 25 February 1991
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Kevin Andrews
Personal details
Born (1940-02-22) 22 February 1940 (age 74)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Barrister

Neil Anthony Brown, QC (born 22 February 1940) is a former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia.

He was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Diamond Valley from 1969 to 1972, and 1975 to 1983, and the Division of Menzies (both in Victoria) from 1984 to 1991. He was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party under John Howard from 1985 to 1987, Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs from 1981 to 1982, Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs in 1982 and Minister for Communications from 1982 to 1983. He was also a Parliamentary Delegate to the United Nations.

He studied law at the University of Melbourne, and was admitted to the Bar in Victoria in 1964. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1980. After leaving parliament, Brown separated from his wife and has since allowed himself to be identified as gay.[1]

Brown is now a mediator and arbitrator in domestic and international commercial, trade and construction matters and in Internet domain name disputes.[2][3]

He writes a weekly column for The Spectator Australia.

Honours[edit]

  • 1 January 2001: Centenary Medal for service to the Commonwealth Parliament and Government from 1969 to 1991[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ian Viner
Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Ian Macphee
Preceded by
John Moore
Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs
1982
Succeeded by
Andrew Peacock
(Industry and Commerce)
Barry Cohen
(Consumer Affairs)
Preceded by
Ian Sinclair
Minister for Communications
1982–1983
Succeeded by
Michael Duffy
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Diamond Valley
1969–1972
Succeeded by
David McKenzie
Preceded by
David McKenzie
Member for Diamond Valley
1975–1983
Succeeded by
Peter Staples
New division Member for Menzies
1984–1991
Succeeded by
Kevin Andrews
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Howard
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Andrew Peacock