Wal Fife

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The Honourable
Wal Fife
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Farrer
In office
13 December 1975 – 1 December 1984
Preceded by David Fairbairn
Succeeded by Tim Fischer
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hume
In office
1 December 1984 – 8 February 1993
Preceded by Stephen Lusher
Succeeded by John Sharp
Personal details
Born (1929-10-02) 2 October 1929 (age 85)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Marcia Hargreaves Stanley
Children Two daughters; two sons
Occupation Businessman

Wallace Clyde Fife (born 2 October 1929) is a former Australian politician.

Fife was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and was educated at Gurwood Street public school, Wagga Wagga and Canberra Grammar School. In 1948 he started working in the federal secretariat of the Liberal Party of Australia and in 1949 he joined his family business, Fifes Produce Pty Ltd, in Wagga Wagga. He married Marcia Hargreaves Stanley in May 1952 and they had two daughters and two sons.[1]

Fife was elected as the member for Wagga Wagga in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1957. He was Minister for Mines from June 1967 to January 1975, Minister for Conservation from March 1971 to June 1972, Minister for Power from June 1972 to January 1975 and Minister for Transport and Minister for Highways from January 1975 until his retirement from the New South Wales Parliament in October 1975.[1]

Fife won the Australian House of Representatives seat of Farrer at the 1975 election. He was Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs from July 1977 to December 1979, Minister for Education from December 1979 to May 1982 and Minister for Aviation from May 1982 until the defeat of the Fraser government at the March 1983 election. Following an electoral distribution that moved Wagga Wagga into the Division of Hume, he stood for and won that seat at the 1984 election. His role in Opposition included a stint as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Representatives between May 1989 and April 1990 since the then Deputy Liberal leader Fred Chaney was still a Senator. He retired from parliament prior to the 1993 election.[2]

He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Charles Sturt University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Wallace Clyde Fife (1929– )". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biography for Fife, the Hon. Wallace Clyde". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Howard
Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by
Victor Garland
Preceded by
John Carrick
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Peter Baume
Preceded by
Charles Jones
Minister for Aviation
Succeeded by
Kim Beazley
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Eddie Graham
Member for Wagga Wagga
Succeeded by
Joe Schipp
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
David Fairbairn
Member for Farrer
Succeeded by
Tim Fischer
Preceded by
Stephen Lusher
Member for Hume
Succeeded by
John Sharp