Roger Shipton

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Roger Shipton
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Higgins
In office
13 December 1975 – 19 February 1990
Preceded by John Gorton
Succeeded by Peter Costello
Personal details
Born (1936-08-05)5 August 1936
Died 18 January 1998(1998-01-18) (aged 61)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Roger Francis Shipton, OAM (5 August 1936 – 18 January 1998) was an Australian politician. In 1975 he succeeded former Prime Minister Sir John Gorton as the Liberal Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Higgins.[1]

In the lead up to the 1990 Federal Election it was suggested that he would stand aside to allow John Elliott to take his seat,[2] and the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party, but he declined to make way for Elliot and remained the member for Higgins.

Despite his stand he was successfully challenged for pre-selection by Peter Costello[3] with support from Michael Kroger and retired from parliament after being defeated. He died in 1998 due to complications following heart surgery.

He is the godfather of Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth.[4]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Gorton
Member for Higgins
Succeeded by
Peter Costello