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
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S. F. Utz
1956 - 1962
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B. F. Dargan
1949 - 1956
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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

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