Peter Staples

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Peter Staples
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Diamond Valley
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded byNeil Brown
Succeeded byDivision abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Jagajaga
In office
1 December 1984 – 29 January 1996
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byJenny Macklin
Personal details
Born (1947-10-15) 15 October 1947 (age 71)
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Peter Staples (born 15 October 1947 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian former politician for the Australian Labor Party. He was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Member for Diamond Valley. When Diamond Valley was abolished in 1984, Staples transferred to the newly created Jagajaga, essentially the western half of his old electorate. In 1987, he was appointed Consumer Affairs Minister by Prime Minister Bob Hawke in his third ministry. Staples would remain a junior minister for nearly six years, serving as Minister for Housing and Aged Care and later Aged, Family and Health Services in the Hawke and Keating Ministries.

Staples lost his spot in the ministry to Frank Walker after the party's victory at the 1993 election. He spent the remainder of his career on the backbench until his retirement from politics in 1996, as stated in his documentary, The Dance of a Thousand Summer.[1]


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Warriors No More", Sun Herald, 1996-03-03
Political offices
Preceded by
Lionel Bowen (Attorney-General)
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by
Nick Bolkus
Preceded by
Peter Morris
Minister for Housing and Aged Care
Succeeded by
Brian Howe
New title Aged, Family and Health Services
Position abolished
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Neil Brown
Member for Diamond Valley
Division abolished
New division Member for Jagajaga
Succeeded by
Jenny Macklin