Tony Kelly (politician)

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The Honourable
Tony Kelly
ALGA
Member of the
New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
17 September 1997 – 6 June 2011
Preceded by Peter Watkins
New South Wales Minister for Planning
In office
8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Kristina Keneally
Succeeded by Brad Hazzard
New South Wales Minister for Lands
In office
3 June 2004 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Richard Amery
Succeeded by Brad Hazzard
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure
In office
8 December 2009 – 28 March 2011
Preceded by Joe Tripodi
Succeeded by Brad Hazzard
Personal details
Born Anthony Bernard Kelly
(1948-08-25) 25 August 1948 (age 65)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Anne Kelly
Children 2 sons
Website Legislative Webpage

Anthony Bernard "Tony" Kelly (born 25 August 1948), is an Australian former politician, who was a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council representing the Australian Labor Party from 1997 until 2011.

Following an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2011,[1] it was found that Kelly engaged in corrupt conduct during the government purchase of a beach property in northern Sydney. Kelly may face criminal charges.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Kelly was educated at St Mary's Catholic School in Wellington, New South Wales and at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst, New South Wales.[3] He undertook further studies in local government administration at Mitchell College of Advanced Education, now Charles Sturt University.

Kelly worked for 20 years with the Wellington Shire Council.[3]

Political career[edit]

He entered the Legislative Council in September 1987 and served until the 1988 election,[4] which his party lost. Kelly re-entered the Council in September 1997 and was re-elected at the 2003 and 2011 elections for eight year terms; resigning from the Council with immediate effect on 6 June 2011.[5][6]

During his time in parliament, Kelly has served as:[4]

  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Lands), 2003 to 2004
  • Minister for Local Government, 2003 to 2005
  • Minister for Emergency Services, 2003 to 2009
  • Minister for Rural Affairs, 2003 to 2008
  • Minister for Lands, 2004 to 2011
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources, 2005
  • Minister for Juvenile Justice, 2005 to 2008
  • Minister for Justice, 2005 to 2008
  • Minister for Police, 2008 to 2009
  • Minister for Planning and Minister for Infrastructure, 2009 to 2011

Political controversy[edit]

On 20 June 2011, the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced[7] that it would hold a public inquiry into matters arising from the purchase of property at Currawong, Pittwater by the NSW Government. Concluding the investigation in mid-December, the Commission found that Kelly engaged in corrupt conduct with respect to the purchase of the property by the NSW Government.[2] The Commission found that Kelly, as the then Minister for Lands, authorised the purchase although he knew he was not authorised to do so; and that Kelly backdated a letter (before caretaker conventions commenced[8][9]) knowing that it would be used by a public servant to falsely represent that written authority was held to authorise the purchase.[1][10] The allegations generated significant media reports, commencing in March 2011,[11][12] and it is possible that Kelly may face criminal charges relating to forgery. On release of the findings, Labor immediately moved to terminate Kelly's membership of the party.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ICAC has confirmed it will investigate former NSW Labor minister Tony Kelly over the sale of Currawong". The Australian. AAP. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Shanahan, Leo (13 December 2011). "Ex-Labor minister Tony Kelly may face charges". The Australian. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Inaugural Speech, Members". New South Wales Legislative Council. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Hon. (Tony) Anthony Bernard KELLY, ALGA MLC". Former members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Former NSW minister Tony Kelly resigns". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Former NSW minister quits politics". ABC News (Australia). 6 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "ICAC public inquiry into matters arising from Currawong property purchase". Current investigations: Operation Napier. Independent Commission Against Corruption. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Tranter, Chi (6 July 2011). "Kelly backdated letter at cafe, ICAC told". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Shanahan, Leo (12 July 2011). "Paying the political price for Currawong". The Australian. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Nicholls, Sean (20 June 2011). "ICAC to investigate former minister Tony Kelly over purchase of Currawong". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Nicholls, Sean (22 March 2011). "Labor hit by property scandal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Shanahan, Leo (8 July 2011). "Former planning minister Tony Kelly vowed to delve into land sale probe". The Australian. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ex-minister faces forgery charge over $12m property buy: ICAC". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Foschia, Liz (12 December 2011). "Kelly engaged in corrupt conduct, ICAC finds". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Woods
Minister for Local Government
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Kerry Hickey