About

Party People

Federal President, Richard Alston

Richard Alston

The Hon. Richard Alston was elected as the Liberal Party’s 17th Federal President at the Federal Council meeting in Melbourne in June 2014.

Richard has had a long and distinguished career in law, politics and diplomacy. His first career was as a barrister, practising in common, commercial and administrative law. From 1979-1982 he was the State President of the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party.

Richard went on to represent Victoria as a Liberal Senator from 1986 to 2004. In Opposition, he was responsible for a range of shadow portfolios including Communications, Arts, Social Security, Childcare, Superannuation and Retirement Incomes.

Richard was elected Deputy Liberal Senate Leader in 1993 and, following the election of the Howard Government, he was appointed as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts in 1996. He served in both positions until 2003.

Following his notable political career, Richard spent three years as the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

He is an adjunct professor of IT at Bond University in Queensland and currently sits on a number of corporate boards.

Richard is married to Megs and they have two adult children.

Past Federal Presidents

  • Alan Stockdale
    2008 - 2014

  • Chris McDiven
    2005 - 2008

  • Shane Stone
    1999 - 2005

  • Tony Staley
    1993 - 1999

  • Ashley Goldsworthy
    1990 - 1993

  • John Elliott
    1987 - 1990

  • John Valder
    1985 - 1987

  • Dr A.J. Forbes
    1982 - 1985

  • John Atwill
    1975 - 1982

  • Robert Southey
    1970 - 1975

  • J. E. Pagan
    1965 - 1970

  • Phillip McBride
    1960 - 1965

  • Lyle Moore
    1956 - 1960

  • W. H. Anderson
    1951 - 1956

  • Richard Casey
    1947 - 1950

  • Malcolm Ritchie
    1945-47, 1950-51

Honorary Federal Treasurer, Andrew Burnes

Honorary Federal Treasurer Andrew Burns

In July 2015 he was appointed Honorary Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Party. He previously held the position of State Treasurer of the Victorian Liberal Party from 2009 to 2011.

Past Party Treasurers

  • Philip Higginson

    Philip Higginson
    2011 - 2015

  • Michael Yabsley

    Michael Yabsley
    2008 - 2011

  • Mark Bethwaite

    Mark Bethwaite
    2006 - 2008

  • John Calvert-Jones
    2003 - 2006

  • Malcolm Turnbull
    2002 - 2003

  • Ronald Walker
    1989 - 2002

  • David Clarke
    1987 - 1989

  • John Elliot
    1985 - 1987

  • Sir Robert
    Crichton-Brown

    1974 - 1985

  • Sir Charles McGrath
    1968 - 1974

Sir William Anderson 1962 - 1968
S. F. Utz 1956 - 1962
B. F. Dargan 1949 - 1956 (pictures unavailable)

Federal Director, Tony Nutt

  • Tony Nutt

Tony Nutt has been Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia since December 2015.

From 2014 to 2015 he was the State Director of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party.

He has been a political staffer, State Director and campaign adviser for over thirty five years.

 

Past Party Directors

Brian Loughnane
2003 - 2015

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  • Lynton Crosby
    1997 - 2002

  • Andrew Robb
    1990 - 1997

  • Tony Eggleton
    1975 - 1990

  • Dr Timothy Pascoe
    1974 - 1975

  • Bede Hartcher
    1969 - 1974

  • Robert Willoughby
    1951 - 1969

  • Donald Cleland
    1945 - 1951