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Premier and Minister for the Arts

The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk


The Honourable Con Sciacca AO

On behalf of the Queensland Government, I wish to pay tribute to The Honourable Con Sciacca AO, who passed away in Brisbane yesterday, aged 70.

Con was the former Federal Member for Bowman and served as Minister in both the Hawke and Keating Governments across various portfolios including Arts and Veterans’ Affairs. 

Con was a larger than life character who brought energy and vibrancy to any room he entered.

We at The SAS Group are devastated by the loss of our founding Chairman, our mentor, and our friend, The Hon. Con Sciacca AO. He was a political legend, an astute and successful businessman, and raconteur and a rascal. His death will leave a large hole in the Australian political landscape, but his achievements for the people of this nation will live on for a very long time. We will miss him terribly.

Statement from Bill Shortern MP, Leader of the Opposition


Today our party and our movement mourns the loss of an icon, a true believer and a
fearless warrior for the Labor cause. We honour Con Sciacca’s life of service to others.
Con was a much-loved member of our Labor family. A mentor, a friend, a constant
source of wise counsel for Prime Ministers, Premiers, generations of Labor
parliamentarians – and indeed people in public life right across the political spectrum.

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