Hon Con Sciacca AO
First elected to the Australian Parliament in 1987, Con was a Member for 15 years, serving in the Hawke and Keating Governments as Parliamentary Secretary for Social Security and also Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Administrative Services. In 1994, Con was elevated to the Ministry and served as Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Superannuation. He was the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 1998-2001.
A qualified solicitor and founding and managing partner of Sciacca's Lawyers and Consultants, Con currently provides advice on government relations and corporate strategy to a number of major companies involved in areas such as biofuels, property development and construction, infrastructure development, shipping and childcare.
For more than 40 years, Con has been a prominent Labor Party leader starting as President of the Queensland Young Labor movement. His political career saw many highlights including the 'Australia Remembers' program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II and his election as World Secretary of Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against Corruption.
In recognition of his service to the veteran community, Con has been conferred life memberships of the Returned Services League, the RAAF Association of Australia and the Naval Association of Australia. One of very few that hold all three service life memberships, he remains active with veterans affairs as patron and honorary solicitor to a number of veteran and community organisations. Con is also a foundation fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Con was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2006 for his contribution to both the community and, specifically, the veteran community and cancer research. Con has also been honoured by the Italian Government, holding the title of Grande Ufficiale (Grand Officer) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (one of Italy's highest honours) and by the Finnish Government having been awarded the title Commander in the Order of the Lion of the Finnish Republic. In March 2014 Con took up a place as Deputy Chair of the ANZAC Centenary Public Fund.
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