|Senator for South Australia|
11 July 1987 – 30 June 2002
|Preceded by||Ron Elstob|
|Succeeded by||Penny Wong|
|Born||6 December 1946|
Christopher Cleland Schacht (born 6 December 1946) is a former Australian politician and member of the South Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He was born in Melbourne and educated at the University of Adelaide and Wattle Park Teachers College.
Schacht's political career started as a state party official in 1969 during the Don Dunstan era. In 1987, he entered Federal Parliament as a Labor Party Senator for South Australia. He was Minister for Science and Small Business and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Science in the Keating Labor Government from March 1993 to March 1994 and then Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction until Labor's defeat at the 1996 election. He left the parliament in June 2002 after 15 years as a Senator and 33 years in Australian politics.
Post parliamentary career
In 2006, Senator Robert Ray said of Schacht's "long-winded critiques" of factionalism within the Labor party that "no-one practised factionalism harder than he did. But once he lost influence in his own faction, he condemned all factions." Schacht has openly criticised the influence that he believes trade unions have within the Labor party.
Schacht has supported uranium mining and the prospect of nuclear waste storage in South Australia. He told ABC's Stateline in 2006 that storing the world's nuclear waste "may be the safest thing we can do for the world. Secondly, the world will pay a large amount of money in the future for some place like Australia or outback South Australia to store nuclear waste safely in a safe, in a geologically sound area, with a stable political system."
In 2008 Schacht was appointed as a Director of Marathon Resources. The company's exploration for uranium in Arkaroola later became a subject of controversy. A series of environmental breaches resulted in the revocation of the company's exploration license and the establishment of the Arkaroola Protection Zone.
As of 2015, Schacht is a registered political lobbyist in South Australia. His clients include Pilatus Australia Pty Ltd, Liebherr Australia, PMB Defence Pty Ltd and Basetec Services Pty Ltd. Former clients include VIPAC Engineers and Scientists Ltd. Schacht is also the chairman of the Australia China Development Company.
Schacht is the President of the Australian Volleyball Federation. In October 2006, he was elected to the Legal Commission of the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) for a four-year term.
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- "Labor open to rule changes as it reels from bad result in Western Australia". 7 April 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
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- "Our people". Marathon Resources Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
- "SOUTH AUSTRALIAN LOBBYIST REGISTRATION" (PDF). Department of Premier & Cabinet. Government of South Australia. 11 March 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
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- "Newsletter" (PDF). Volleyball Australia. October 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
Simon Crean (science)
David Beddall (small business)
| Minister for Science
and Small Business
Peter Cook (science)
Peter Cook (customs)
| Minister for Small Business,
Customs and Construction
Geoff Prosser (small
business and customs)