Former Australian politician and diplomat who served twice as leader of the Liberal Party, Andrew Peacock has died at the age of 82.
Andrew led the party to defeat at the 1984 and 1990 elections. He had earlier been a long-serving cabinet minister.
The news of his death was made known through an online post shared by a reliable source,.
Another Friday night death announcement but probably won’t interrupt Vera. The Andrew Peacock & Shirley love affair always fascinated me. pic.twitter.com/bqU2FRCqEE
— Gai Le Roy (@gaileroy) April 16, 2021
The former diplomat Peacock was born in Melbourne and attended Scotch College before studying law at the University of Melbourne.
He was the 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.
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.
Andrew Peacock resigned as the leader of the Liberal Party the following year after failing to have his deputy John Howard removed.
He was duly replaced by Howard after which he remained a member of the shadow cabinet, and in 1987 unsuccessfully challenged Howard for the leadership; he was instead elected deputy leader.
He finally returned as a leader in 1989 which lasted less than a year barely after many years he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997.
For his role in bringing in New Guinea independence, Peacock was appointed a Chief Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu in 2006.
In 2017, Peacock was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan, “for his contribution to strengthening and promoting friendly relations between Japan and Australia”
He is married to a wonderful woman, Penne Percy Korth Peacock who is his thrid wife.