John Fahey (politician)
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|38th Premier of New South Wales |
24 June 1992 – 4 April 1995
|Preceded by||Nick Greiner|
|Succeeded by||Bob Carr|
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament|
for Southern Highlands
24 March 1984 – 1 February 1996
|Preceded by||New district|
|Succeeded by||Peta Seaton|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
2 March 1996 – 10 November 2001
|Preceded by||Chris Haviland|
|Succeeded by||Pat Farmer|
|Born||10 January 1945|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Children||2 (f) – 1 dec'd, 1 (m)|
|Website||NSW Parliamentary profile|
John Joseph Fahey, AC (born 10 January 1945) is a former Premier of New South Wales and an Australian Minister for Finance. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1996 and the federal House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001. Fahey is a former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency and was also a notable rugby league player and coach in his youth.
Fahey was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Stephen Fahey, farmer, and his wife Annie Fahey of Galway, Ireland. In 1956, Fahey migrated with his family to Picton, New South Wales. He was educated at Chevalier College, Bowral and the University of Sydney. He married Colleen Maree McGurren in 1968 and they had two daughters and one son. He became a naturalised Australian in 1973.
He won the seat of electoral district of Camden for the Liberal Party in 1984. Fahey was elected member for Southern Highlands at the 1988 general election, and re-elected at the 1991 and 1995 state elections. During this period, Fahey was Minister for Industrial Relations from March 1988 and Minister for Further Education, Training and Employment from July 1990 in the Premier Nick Greiner led coalition government.
In June 1992, Fahey was appointed Premier of New South Wales after Greiner was forced to resign as a result of an Independent Commission Against Corruption of New South Wales investigation. Among those that Fahey defeated for the Liberal leadership in order to become Premier was Bruce Baird, who was then elected as Fahey's Liberal deputy and whose son Mike would become Premier in 2014.
On the day that he had replaced Greiner, Fahey described it as "the saddest day of his life."
In 1994 NSW Parliament was prorogued on 7 December when the Fahey government was attempting to stop a committee's work.
Fahey is noted for having thwarted an attack on Charles, Prince of Wales, thereby preventing a potential assassination attempt. On Australia Day 1994, Charles, Prince of Wales was about to commence handing out awards at a ceremony in Sydney's Darling Harbour when a former anthropology student, David Kang, lunged onto the stage towards the Prince, simultaneously firing two shots from a starter's pistol. Fahey, sitting next to the Prince, subsequently assisted by the then Australian of the Year, Ian Kiernan, tackled Kang and wrestled him to the ground, after which Kang was subdued and arrested. Although the attack proved less dangerous than it was first thought to be, Fahey was nonetheless widely praised for his unthinking bravery.
Fahey played a key role in the bidding process for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and is also noted for his reaction when Sydney won, jumping up and down enthusiastically.
Fahey resigned from State politics just under a year after his State Government was defeated at the polls and successfully sought endorsement for the Liberal Party, to serve in the federal House of Representatives in the seat of Macarthur. Fahey was elected at the 1996 federal election, and served as Minister for Finance and Administration in the Howard government.
A redistribution in late 2000 radically altered Macarthur, cutting out most of the Southern Highlands and turning it into a notionally Labor seat centered on southwest Sydney. Believing this made Macarthur impossible to hold, Fahey sought to contest neighboring Hume, which had absorbed much of his old Southern Highlands base. Hume was held by first-term MP Alby Schultz, a fellow Liberal who had also served in state parliament alongside Fahey. As a minister, Fahey was entitled to a seat. However, Schultz refused to hand Hume to Fahey, triggering a fight between the two. Prime Minister John Howard ordered an end to the feud.
Soon afterward, Fahey announced in May 2001 that he was retiring, citing family, personal, and health reasons, after having one of his lungs removed in February due to cancer. He retired in October 2001, prior to the November 2001 election.
John and Colleen Fahey's daughter, Tiffany, was killed in a road accident, at the age of 27, on 26 December 2006. John and Colleen Fahey are now the legal guardians of Tiffany's children, Campbell and Amber. His eldest son is Matthew Fahey and middle daughter Melanie J Fahey.
Career after politics
Fahey was appointed as the fourth Chancellor of Australian Catholic University for a five-year term from 4 September 2014. On 17 October 2007, Fahey was confirmed as the next President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, a position that he held until November 2013. Fahey has also served as a Director of the Bradman Foundation since 2001. In 2010 Fahey gave the 12th annual Tom Brock Lecture.
Fahey was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2002 for service to the Australian and New South Wales Parliaments, particularly through landmark reform of industrial relations, facilitation of high technology and industry growth, and for raising the international profile of Australia as Chairman of the Bid for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
- "Mr John Joseph Fahey (1945 – )". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- Editorial (18 April 2014). "After promising start, Baird has it all to do". The Age. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- Parliament of New South Wales Hansard Consideration of Urgent Motion Page 5810 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 March 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "John Fahey retires from politics after 17 years". The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Kennedy, Les (26 December 2006). "Crash Claims Fahey's Daughter". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Hon John Fahey AC appointed Chancellor" (Press release). Australian Catholic University. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- "WADA Appoints Sir Craig Reedie as its new President". Play True Magazine, 15 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- Nicole, Jeffrey; Norrington, Brad (18 October 2007). "Fahey proves he's no dope at lobbying". The Australian. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
- Lane, Daniel (26 September 2010). "We've got to do better in next Storm, says Fahey". The Age. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Australia Day Honours, 2002". It's an Honour. Australian Government – Honours Secretariat. 26 January 2002. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
| Member for Camden
1984 – 1988
|New district|| Member for Southern Highlands
1988 – 1996
as Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Employment
| Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment
1988 – 1990
as Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Further Education, Training and Employment
| Minister for Corrective Services
as Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment
| Minister for Industrial Relations
1990 – 1992
| Minister for Further Education, Training and Employment
1990 – 1992
as Minister for Employment and Training
| Premier of New South Wales
1992 – 1995
| Treasurer of New South Wales
1992 – 1993
| Minister for Ethnic Affairs
|New title|| Minister for Economic Development
1993 – 1995
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
1992 – 1995
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Macarthur
1996 – 2001
| Minister for Finance and Administration
1996 – 2001
| Chancellor of Australian Catholic University
2014 – present