Vale Andrew Peacock – and Prince Philip laid to rest
The ‘colt from Kooyong’, aka former federal Liberal leader Andrew Peacock died at his home in Texas on Friday, aged 82yo. He had a reputation for being a bit of a fancy-pants compared to the run-of-the-mill MP – Hollywood actress/former girlfriend Shirley MacLaine once said that he was the only politician she knew who owned a Gucci toothbrush… From the start of his time in parliament, Peacock had expectations to meet – he took former PM Robert Menzies’ seat when he retired in 1966. Rising rapidly into the ministry, Peacock became one of the highest-profile politicians of the 80s and 90s, leading the Liberals to federal election defeats in 1984 and 1990 against Bob Hawke’s Labor Party. His internal battles with John Howard were hard-fought, but Howard made him Australia’s ambassador to the US in 1997 – a role in which he thrived. Thrice married, his American wife Penne Korth will oversee his funeral in Texas, and his Australian-based family have accepted the offer of a State memorial.
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