Former NSW premier John Fahey has died aged 75.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the news on Saturday morning.
“He has always been a wonderful role model to generations of Liberals,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“His contribution to the state and nation will leave a lasting legacy.”
He was NSW premier from 1992 to 1995.
One of his most notable achievements was his role in the successful bid for Sydney to host the 2000 Olympics.
“Many of us would remember the celebrations that immediately swept the nation after Sydney was announced as the winner — and the image of Mr Fahey jumping for joy at the news,” Ms Berejiklian said.
As NSW premier, he introduced the disability services act, the NSW seniors card and appointed the first minister for the status of women.
He was elected state member for Camden in 1984.
In 1996 he moved to the federal House of Representatives after winning the seat of Macarthur.
He became finance minister in the Howard government.
He retired in 2001.
Ms Berejiklian expressed her condolences to Mr Fahey’s wife, Colleen, and their children and grandchildren.
The NSW Government will hold a state memorial service.
More to come.