Tony Staley

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The Honourable
Tony Staley
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chisholm
In office
19 September 1970 – 19 September 1980
Preceded by Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Succeeded by Graham Harris
Personal details
Born (1939-05-15) 15 May 1939 (age 77)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Elsa, Cynthia, Maggie
Children Richard Anthony William Staley, Jonathan Allan Witton Staley, Alexandra Mary Staley, Lucinda Winsome Staley
Occupation Businessman

Anthony Allan (Tony) Staley, AO (born 15 May 1939) is an Australian politician and businessman.

Staley was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne. He was the Member for Chisholm from 1970 to 1980 and was Minister for the Capital Territory from February 1976 to December 1977 in the Fraser Government and then Minister for Post and Telecommunications until his retirement from Parliament.

He later served as Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia. In May 1994 when Liberal Leader John Hewson called a leadership spill, Staley as Liberal President caused controversy when he withdrew his support for Hewson.[1] The controversy was due to the expectation that the organisational wing of the party which Staley was in charge of as President did not interfere with the parliamentary party in selecting the leader. In the resulting leadership spill Hewson was ousted by Alexander Downer but it was expected that Staley would not have survived as party president if Hewson had won the spill.

He currently serves on several business and community boards and committees, including:

  • Chairman of the Council of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Scheme
  • Chairman of the Council of the National Museum of Australia
  • President of the Governing Board of Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre
  • Independent Chair of the .au Domain Administration (auDA)

In 1990 he was involved in a serious road accident, which left him needing to use calipers to walk.

Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Robinson
Minister for the Capital Territory
Succeeded by
Robert Ellicott
Minister for Post and Telecommunications
Succeeded by
Ian Sinclair
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Wilfrid Kent Hughes
Member for Chisholm
Succeeded by
Graham Harris


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