Bruce Eastick

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Bruce Eastick
Bruce Eastick.jpg
Gawler Mayor Bruce Eastick in 1999
29th Leader of the Opposition (SA)
In office
1972–1975
Preceded by Steele Hall
Succeeded by David Tonkin
Member for Light
In office
1970–1993
Preceded by John Freebairn
Succeeded by Malcolm Buckby
Personal details
Born (1927-10-25)25 October 1927
Political party Liberal and Country League, Liberal Party of Australia

Bruce Charles Eastick (born 25 October 1927) is a former South Australian politician. He was a Liberal and Country League (LCL) and Liberal Party of Australia member of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1970 to 1993, representing the electorate of Light.

Eastick served as the state Opposition Leader from 1972 to 1975, and led the party to the 1973 and 1975 elections, losing both to the Don Dunstan-led Australian Labor Party. His term as leader also saw the LCL, the state's main conservative party since 1932, formally rebrand itself as the South Australian division of the Liberal Party of Australia (though a separate state Country Party had been reformed in 1963). As such, he was the only LCL leader to have never served as Premier.

Eastick also served as Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly when his successor as South Australia Liberal leader, David Tonkin, served as premier from 1979–82.

He served as a member of the Gawler Council from 1963 to 1968 and as mayor from 1968 to 1972. He served a second stint as mayor from 1993 to 2000.

In 1996 Eastick was made a member of The Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his "service to the South Australian Parliament, local government and the community".[1]

Eastick is the eldest son of Sir Thomas Charles ("Tom") Eastick.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Honours". It's An Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steele Hall
Leader of the Opposition of South Australia
1972–1975
Succeeded by
David Tonkin
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
John Freebairn
Member for Light
1970–1993
Succeeded by
Malcolm Buckby
Preceded by
Gil Langley
Speaker of the
South Australian House of Assembly

1979–1982
Succeeded by
Terry McRae
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steele Hall
Leader of the Liberal and Country League (SA)
1972 – 1974
Succeeded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal Party of Australia, SA division
Preceded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal and Country League
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (SA division)
1974 – 1975
Succeeded by
David Tonkin