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Andrew (Sharp) Peacock

australian minister resigned succeeded

Australian statesman, born in Melbourne, Victoria, SE Australia. He studied at Melbourne, and practised law before becoming a Liberal MP in 1966. He was foreign minister (1975–80) and minister for industrial relations (1980–1), but resigned from the government in 1981 over differences with prime minister Malcolm Fraser, and unsuccessfully challenged him for the Liberal leadership a year later. He eventually succeeded Fraser after the Liberals lost the 1983 general election. He was succeeded as Leader of the Opposition by John Howard, but resumed the position in 1989, then resigned after losing the 1990 election. He remained a prominent figure in Australian politics, and became Australian ambassador to the USA in 1997.

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