Shane Stone

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The Honourable
Shane Stone
AC QC
5th Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
In office
26 May 1995 – 8 February 1999
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Mike Reed
Preceded by Marshall Perron
Succeeded by Denis Burke
Personal details
Born (1950-09-25) 25 September 1950 (age 63)
Bendigo, Victoria
Political party Country Liberal Party

Shane Leslie Stone AC, QC (born 25 September 1950) is an Australian political figure. From 26 May 1995 to 8 February 1999 he was Chief Minister of the Northern Territory,[1] representing the Country Liberal Party.

Biography[edit]

Stone was born in Bendigo, Victoria. First elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Electoral division of Port Darwin as a member of the Country Liberal Party (CLP) in 1990, Stone held several portfolios, including Attorney-General, Education and the Arts, Employment and Training, Mines and Energy, Industries and Development, and Asian Relations and Trade.[1] In late 1997 Stone attracted sustained criticism when as the First Law Officer being the Attorney-General he appointed himself a Queen's Counsel.

Stone was the Chief Minister during the referendum for statehood for the Northern Territory in 1998. Electors were asked to vote on whether the Northern Territory should become a state with a constitution that had been approved by a Constitutional Assembly. A bipartisan committee of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly had recommended a constitution and that it should be further considered by an elected Constitutional Assembly. The CLP Government put forward a different constitution to a non-elected Constitutional Assembly. The referendum failed narrowly. The following year Stone resigned as Chief Minister; 18 months later the CLP under Denis Burke lost the next Territory election after 27 years in power.

In 1999 he became the federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia.

In 2001 he wrote a memo, later leaked to the press, that suggested that the government of John Howard was seen as "mean and tricky".[2] The ensuing controversy quickly mushroomed, with Stone and Howard both being accused of leaking the memo.

Stone is also the Executive Chairman of the APAC Group of Companies.[3]

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 12 June 2006[4]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2001
Commander of the Order of Kinabalu 1999 - (title ‘Datuk’)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory" (PDF). c. 2001. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  2. ^ Curtis, Lyndal (2001). "Coalition returns to form in second half". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2006-04-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Summary Announcement. Aust Magnesium. New Chairman Advisory Committee". Corporate File. 2000-07-20. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  4. ^ It's an Honour - Companion of the Order of Australia
Preceded by
Marshall Perron
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
1995–1999
Succeeded by
Denis Burke