Peacock a ‘political great’: Frydenberg
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has described former Liberal leader Andrew Peacock as one of Australia's "political greats", joining other political heavyweights in paying tribute after the 82-year-old's death in the US overnight.
A stylish dresser, with a touch of sophistication, and dubbed the "colt of Kooyong", Mr Peacock was foreign minister from 1975-1980 under Malcolm Fraser.
He held the inner-Melbourne seat of Kooyong from 1966 to 1994; the same one Frydenberg has held for the past 11 years.
"Australia has lost one of its political greats in Andrew Peacock," the treasurer said in a statement.
"Combining style and substance, he left an indelible mark on the Australian political scene.
"As leader, minister and Member for Kooyong for 28 years he carried the baton of his predecessor Sir Robert Menzies, championing Liberal ideals and providing strong and good government."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Mr Peacock was "one of our greatest Liberals who helped shape Australia and the Liberal Party over three decades".
Former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull and former ex-Liberal leader John Hewson also spoke highly of Mr Peacock.
Mr Abbott took to social media to recognise his contribution to the Liberal party and Australian politics.
"Andrew Peacock was the happy warrior of Australian politics and the most genial man ever to lead the Liberal Party," he said.
He never made a lasting enemy. I always appreciated his encouragement when I was leader because I knew he always had the party and the country's best interests at heart.— Tony Abbott (@HonTonyAbbott) April 16, 2021
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called Mr Peacock a "progressive liberal leader", a good friend and mentor.
"Charming & witty, at home in the cabinet room as at the track. An elegant global citizen but indelibly Australian. RIP," Mr Turnbull posted on social media.
Andrew Peacock was a progressive liberal leader & persuasive advocate for Australia as foreign minister and ambassador. He was a good friend and generous mentor. Charming & witty, at home in the cabinet room as at the track. An elegant global citizen but indelibly Australian. RIP— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) April 16, 2021
Mr Peacock was also known for his very public friendship with Academy Award-winning actor Shirley MacLaine.
In a 2011 article, Ms MacLaine wrote of her "longest-lasting relationship" with Mr Peacock in her memoir, 'I'm Over All That And Other Confessions'.
"He was charming, funny and a conservative. He used his voice like a snake oil salesman, which always made me laugh because, as I told him, 'I was also in the business of professional seduction through voice manipulation'. He took my comment good-naturedly," she said.
Mr Peacock held senior positions in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser governments.
Following his political career in 1994, he served as a stint as the Australian Ambassador to the United States.
Mr Hewson, who led the Liberal party during the last four years (1990-94) of Mr Peacock's political career, said he was a "pleasure" to work with.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Andrew Peacock. He made a significant contribution to the development of the Liberal Party and to many areas of our government-a truly Great Australian. A pleasure to work for and with- I counted him as a genuine friend- hard to do in politics— John Hewson (@JohnRHewson) April 16, 2021
Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett said he shared his "political highs and lows" with Mr Peacock as he tweeted his, and his wife's Felicity's, condolences to the former member's daughters Jane, Caroline and Annie.
As the Colt of Kooyong he and his then wife Susan carried the aspirations of the Liberal Party.— Jeff Kennett (@jeff_kennett) April 16, 2021
That he did not become Prime Minister of the country was probably a reflection more of his generous character more than crass ambition.
Farewell my friend.
"Andrew and I shared a long friendship of political high and lows. He was a very successful Foreign Minister," he posted on Twitter.
"As the Colt of Kooyong he, and his then wife Susan, carried the aspirations of the Liberal Party.
"That he did not become Prime Minister of the country was probably a reflection more of his generous character more than crass ambition. Farewell my friend."
Ann Peacock posted on social media of the heartbreak of losing her father.
"To my beautiful, loving, most caring, thoughtful, generous and brilliant father, you will be so greatly missed, your guidance and deep love for us will live in my heart, we are absolutely devastated.
"Daddy, love you more than the world, please continue to look after us all. You will live within us forever and ever."
Originally published as Peacock a 'political great': Frydenberg