/ 24 September 2021

Vale John Elliott

Credit: Joe Castro/AAP
Businessman John Elliott poses outside his Melbourne office, Thursday, June 25, 2009. Victoria Police earlier interviewed Elliott about claims he made that Carlton Football Club paid off several women who had alleged they were raped by players. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Former Liberal Party president John Elliott died last night at 79yo. Elliot had a fall and had been ill for a few weeks, his son broadcaster Tom Elliott said. Elliott was a big name in the business world – he acquired jam maker IXL, agriculture pillar Elders, and bought Calton United Breweries, ultimately propelling Foster’s into a global beer brand. He became an influential figure in Canberra as the federal president of the Liberal Party from 1987 to 1990 and was also treasurer and vice-president of the Liberal Party in Victoria. But in his hometown of Melbourne, he was best known for his 20-year reign as the president of the Carlton football club. Tributes have flowed in with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg describing Elliott as a great Victorian Liberal. “He was a larger than life figure who will be greatly missed,” he said. Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett said his friend was a “loud, colourful and committed Liberal who redefined corporate, political and sporting life in Australia”.

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