Warwick Smith (politician)

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Warwick Smith
Minister for Family Services
In office
6 October 1997 – 21 October 1998
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byJudi Moylan
Succeeded byJocelyn Newman
Minister for Sport, Local Government and
the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
In office
11 March 1996 – 6 October 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byJohn Faulkner
Succeeded byAndrew Thomson
Manager of Opposition Business
In office
23 May 1992 – 7 April 1993
LeaderJohn Hewson
Preceded byWal Fife
Succeeded byJohn Howard
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bass
In office
1 December 1984 – 13 March 1993
Preceded byKevin Newman
Succeeded bySilvia Smith (no relation)
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded bySilvia Smith
Succeeded byMichelle O'Byrne
Personal details
Warwick Leslie Smith

(1954-05-13) 13 May 1954 (age 68)
Launceston, Tasmania
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materAustralian National University
University of Tasmania

Warwick Leslie Smith AO (born 13 May 1954) is an Australian politician, and was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from December 1984 to March 1993 and again from March 1996 to October 1998, representing the Division of Bass, Tasmania.

Smith attended the Launceston Church Grammar School and the Australian National University, where he studied law, history and political science. He later graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws in 1979. He then worked as a solicitor in Tasmania. Smith was elected to Parliament in 1984 and later held two ministerships in John Howard's government: Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government from March 1996 to October 1997, and then Minister for Family Services until October 1998.[1]

Smith lost his seat in the 1998 general election to ALP candidate Michelle O'Byrne. He has since held several management positions in the corporate sector. He has worked as an executive director of Macquarie Bank, head of the Australia China Business Council,[2] and is currently the chairman of ANZ New South Wales and chairman of the advisory board of Australian Equity Group, an investment company owned by Kerry Stokes.[3]

Between July 2010 to April 2012, Smith was Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission.[4]


  1. ^ Parliament of Australia biography
  2. ^ Liz Foschia: Vaile says Australia-China trade solid despite Chen revelations, The World Today (ABC Local Radio), 8 June 2005.
  3. ^ Hawthorne, Mark (7 February 2007). "ANZ after a blue blood or going to Jackson?". The Age.
  4. ^ "Resignation of The Hon Warwick Smith AM". Kate Lundy Website. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Succeeded by
Alex Somlyay
(Territories and Local Government)
Andrew Thomson (Sport)
Preceded by Minister for Family Services
Succeeded by
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Bass
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member for Bass
Succeeded by