Hon. Peter Collins AM QC
25 August 2010 14:26:00
Peter served as a member of the NSW Parliament for more than 22 years and was Leader of the Opposition (and leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party) for nearly four years, from 1995 to 1998, prior to which he was one of the most senior ministers in the seven-year Greiner/Fahey Coalition Government. Peter delivered two budgets as Treasurer of NSW in 1993 and 1994 and served terms as the Minister for Health, Attorney General, Minister for State Development, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Consumer Affairs between 1988 and 1993.
Prior to entering Parliament, Peter was a barrister-at-law, working out of Edmund Barton Chambers. Earlier, he worked as an ABC television journalist, PR manager for the NSW Liberal Party and opened his own communications consultancy.
Peter currently plays an active role in funds management and is the Chairman of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, NSW Legal Aid, and St John’s Ambulance (NSW). Peter has been an active Navy Reserve lawyer and served a three month operational deployment in Iraq in 2007 for which he received the US Joint Service Commendation Medal. Peter was promoted to the rank of Captain in January 2010.