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The Honourable
 John Fahey 

In office
24 June 1992 – 4 April 1995
Preceded by Nick Greiner
Succeeded by Bob Carr

In office
24 March 1984 – 1 February 1996
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Peta Seaton

In office
2 March 1996 – 10 November 2001
Preceded by Chris Haviland
Succeeded by Pat Farmer

Born 10 January 1944 (1944-01-10) (age 66)
Wellington, New Zealand New Zealand
Nationality Australian Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Colleen Fahey
Religion Roman Catholic

John Joseph Fahey, AC (born 10 January 1945) is the former Premier of New South Wales and Federal Minister for Finance in Australia. John Fahey is currently the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1996 and the federal House of Representatives from 1996 to 2001. He was also a notable rugby league player and coach in his youth.


Early life

Fahey was born in Wellington, New Zealand and migrated with his family to Picton in 1956. He was educated at Chevalier College, Bowral and the University of Sydney. He married Colleen Maree McGurren in 1968 and they had two daughters and one son. He became a naturalised Australian in 1973.[1]

State politics

He won the seat of electoral district of Camden for the Liberal Party in 1984. He was member for Southern Highlands from 1988 to 1996. He was Minister for Industrial Relations from March 1988 and Minister for Further Education, Training and Employment from July 1990 until he became Premier. He was appointed Premier of New South Wales in June 1992, after his predecessor Nick Greiner was forced to resign as a result of an ICAC investigation. In March 1995 Fahey's government was narrowly defeated in a state election by the Labor opposition, led by Bob Carr.[1]

Fahey is noted for having thwarted an attack on Prince Charles, thereby preventing a potential assassination attempt. On Australia Day 1994, Prince Charles was about to commence handing out awards at a ceremony in Sydney's Darling Harbour when a former anthropology student, David Kang, lunged onto the stage towards the Prince, simultaneously firing two shots from a starter's pistol. Fahey, subsequently assisted by the then Australian of the Year, Ian Kiernan, tackled Kang and wrestled him to the ground, after which Kang was subdued and arrested. Although the attack proved less dangerous than it was first thought to be, Fahey was nonetheless widely praised for his unthinking bravery. He is also noted for his reaction when Sydney won the right to stage the 2000 Summer Olympics, jumping up and down enthusiastically in a style reminiscent of commercials for Toyota.

Federal politics

Fahey went on to serve in the federal House of Representatives in the seat of Macarthur from 1996 to 2001. He served as Minister for Finance and Administration in the government of John Howard. He retired from politics in 2001, after having one of his lungs removed due to cancer.


A Roman Catholic, he is married to a former Anglican, Colleen, and stirred some controversy when he declared his opposition to both abortion and birth control.

John and Colleen Fahey's daughter, Tiffany, was killed in a road accident, at the age of 27, on 26 December 2006.[2]

World Anti-Doping Agency

On 17 October 2007, Fahey was confirmed as the next chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.[3]


Fahey was made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2002.[1]


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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Ralph Brading
Member for Camden
1984 – 1988
Succeeded by
Peter Primrose
New district Member for Southern Highlands
1988 – 1996
Succeeded by
Peta Seaton
Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Greiner
Premier of New South Wales
1992 – 1995
Succeeded by
Bob Carr
Treasurer of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Peter Collins
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nick Greiner
Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
1992 – 1995
Succeeded by
Peter Collins
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Haviland
Member for Macarthur
1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Pat Farmer
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Beazley
Minister for Finance and Administration
1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Nick Minchin


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