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A role model for Tim Smith

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ABOVE:.TIM SMITH (’01), THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK AC (’57) AND SIMON BROWN (’08).

Former federal opposition leader Andrew Peacock AC (‘57) joined with Victoria’s opposition leader Matthew Guy to officially open the Kew Electorate Office in High Street, Kew on 27 March, the home base for Tim Smith (‘01), the state member for Kew.

Tim was elected as the member for Kew in the November 2014 state poll. He had previously been a Stonnington councillor, and became the youngest-ever mayor of Stonnington in 2009.

At Scotch (1989-2001) he was Captain of Boats and rowed bow in the 1st VIII. He continued with his rowing after school, becoming a member of the Australian rowing team from 2003 to 2006, and winning a bronze medal at the 2004 world rowing championships. Tim studied for a Masters degree in International Politics at the University of Melbourne, and he also studied at the London School of Economics. He went on to work for members of state and federal parliaments in Australia.

Elected as member for Kew at last November’s state election, Tim’s ability was quickly recognised with his elevation to the positions of shadow parliamentary secretary to the leader of the opposition, and shadow parliamentary secretary for population policy and housing affordability.

Tim has always been ambitious. He once told the Sunday Age that as a junior cricketer his dream was to ‘captain every team he played in’. He said: ‘Captaincy is not about forcing people to do what you want, but it’s about getting their respect and then they do what you ask’.

During his mayoral term Tim was asked to name his role models, and listed his own parents, Colin and Deanne Smith, legendary rower Drew Ginn (’92), Peter Costello, Sir Robert Menzies, Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan – and Andrew Peacock.

Andrew was at Scotch from 1949 to 1957. In both 1956 and 1957, he rowed in the 1st VIII, played in the 1st XV, captained Arthur Robinson House and captained Littlejohn House. He was a Probationer and later a Prefect in 1956, and Vice Captain of the School in 1957. Andrew studied Law at Melbourne University, and was president of the Victorian Liberal Party in 1965 and 1966. After Sir Robert Menzies’ resignation, Andrew became federal member for Kooyong (1966-94). When he was appointed minister for the army in 1969, Andrew was the youngest man to serve in a federal ministry. Numerous other ministerial and shadow ministerial appointments followed over the years.

Andrew served two terms as leader of the federal opposition: 1983 to 1985 and 1989 to 1990. He resigned from parliament in 1994, later becoming Australian ambassador to the USA.

In the 1997 Queen’s Birthday honours list, Andrew received a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) award, ‘for service to the Australian parliament, to politics and for the formulation and implementation of defence and foreign policy’..

DAVID ASHTON

Updated: 3 October 2016