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Andrew Peacock

Australian politician and diplomat

Died when: 82 years 62 days (986 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Andrew Peacock

Andrew Sharp Peacock AC GCL (13 February 1939 – 16 April 2021) was an Australian politician and diplomat.He served as a cabinet minister and went on to become leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions (1983–1985 and 1989–1990), leading the party to defeat at the 1984 and 1990 elections.

Peacock was born in Melbourne and attended Elsternwick Primary School and Scotch College before studying law at the University of Melbourne.

A former president of the Young Liberals, he was elected to Parliament at the age of 27, filling the blue-ribbon seat of Kooyong, vacated by Sir Robert Menzies.

Peacock was appointed to cabinet in 1969 by John Gorton and later served under William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser.He held a variety of portfolios, most notably serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1975 to 1980.

He unsuccessfully challenged Fraser for the Liberal leadership in 1982, but was then elected as Fraser's successor following the party's defeat at the 1983 election.

At the 1984 election, the Peacock-led Coalition slightly reduced the Labor Party's majority.He resigned the Liberal leadership the following year after failing to have his deputy John Howard removed; he was duly replaced by Howard.

He remained a member of the shadow cabinet, and in 1987 unsuccessfully challenged Howard for the leadership; he was instead elected deputy leader.

Peacock returned as leader in 1989.However, his second term lasted less than a year, as he resigned after another electoral defeat in 1990; he had won the popular vote but failed to win enough seats.

Peacock left politics in 1994 and was later appointed Ambassador to the United States, serving from 1997 to 1999.

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