Tony Aquilina

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Anthony (Tony) Saviour Aquilina (1 June 1950 – 18 September 2003) was an Australian politician.

Tony Aquilina was born in Malta and was married to Joanne (later divorced); they had two sons. He worked as a primary school teacher. His then wife Joanne was also a teacher at Jamison High School. A long-time resident of Jamisontown Aquilina became a mayor of Penrith where he also worked with and campaigned for Ross Free (also a former teacher). He was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Australian Labor Party member for the seat of Mulgoa. He switched to the seat of St Marys in 1991 after Mulgoa was abolished,[1] but his second term was beleaguered by scandal, and then-Opposition Leader Bob Carr forced him to resign at the 1995 election in order to end the associated bad publicity.[citation needed] In 1996, he was found guilty on fraud charges and was sentenced to one year in prison, which on appeal was commuted to community service.[citation needed] He died in Sydney after a long illness.

He is not related to John Aquilina, the former Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly.

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  1. ^ "Mr Anthony Saviour Aquilina (1950 - 2003)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
District created
Member for Mulgoa
1988 – 1991
Succeeded by
District abolished
Preceded by
District recreated
Member for St Marys
1991 – 1995
Succeeded by
Jim Anderson