Peter Staples

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The Honourable
Peter Staples
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Diamond Valley
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded by Neil Brown
Succeeded by Division abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Jagajaga
In office
1 December 1984 – 29 January 1996
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Jenny Macklin
Personal details
Born (1947-10-15) 15 October 1947 (age 66)
Melbourne
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

Peter Staples (born 15 October 1947 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian former politician for the Australian Labor Party. He was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Member for Diamond Valley, then represented Jagajaga after Diamond Valley was abolished in 1984. In 1987, he was appointed Consumer Affairs Minister by Prime Minister Bob Hawke in his third ministry. Staples would remain a junior minister for nearly six years, serving as Minister for Housing and Aged Care and later Aged, Family and Health Services in the Hawke and Keating Ministries.

Staples lost his spot in the ministry to Frank Walker after the party's victory at the 1993 election. He spent the remainder of his career on the backbench until his retirement from politics in 1996,[1] as stated in his factual documentary, "The Dance of a Thousand Summers".[2]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Parliamentary Warriors No More", Sun Herald, 1996-03-03
Political offices
Preceded by
Lionel Bowen (Attorney-General)
Minister for Consumer Affairs
1987–88
Succeeded by
Nick Bolkus
Preceded by
Peter Morris
Minister for Housing and Aged Care
1988–90
Succeeded by
Brian Howe
New title Aged, Family and Health Services
1990–93
Position abolished
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Neil Brown
Member for Diamond Valley
1983–84
Division abolished
New division Member for Jagajaga
1984–96
Succeeded by
Jenny Macklin