|5th Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
26 May 1995 – 8 February 1999
|Preceded by||Marshall Perron|
|Succeeded by||Denis Burke|
25 September 1950 |
|Political party||Country Liberal Party|
Shane Leslie Stone AC, QC (born 25 September 1950) is an Australian political figure. From 26 May 1995 to 8 February 1999 he was Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, representing the Country Liberal Party.
First elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Electoral division of Port Darwin as a member of the Country Liberal Party (CLP) in 1990, Stone held several portfolios, including Attorney-General, Education and the Arts, Employment and Training, Mines and Energy, Industries and Development, and Asian Relations and Trade. In late 1997 Stone attracted sustained criticism when as the First Law Officer being the Attorney-General he appointed himself a Queen's Counsel.
Stone was the Chief Minister during the referendum for statehood for the Northern Territory in 1998. Electors were asked to vote on whether the Northern Territory should become a state with a constitution that had been approved by a Constitutional Assembly. A bipartisan committee of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly had recommended a constitution and that it should be further considered by an elected Constitutional Assembly. The CLP Government put forward a different constitution to a non-elected Constitutional Assembly. The referendum failed narrowly. The following year Stone resigned as Chief Minister; 18 months later the CLP under Denis Burke lost the next Territory election after 27 years in power. In 1999 he became the federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of Kinabalu by the Malaysian state of Sabah.
In 2001 he wrote a memo, later leaked to the press, that suggested that the government of John Howard was seen as "mean and tricky". The ensuing controversy quickly mushroomed, with Stone and Howard both being accused of leaking the memo.
Stone is the Executive Chairman of the APAC Group of Companies. He is also the National Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001, Stone was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours for his service to politics, industry, and bi-lateral relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
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- Curtis, Lyndal (2001). "Coalition returns to form in second half". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 November 2004. Retrieved 2006-04-09.
- "Summary Announcement. Aust Magnesium. New Chairman Advisory Committee". Corporate File. 2000-07-20. Retrieved 2006-04-09.
- It's an Honour – Companion of the Order of Australia
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