Bruce Charles Eastick, AM (born 25 October 1927) is a former South Australian politician, and was South Australian Leader of the Opposition from 1972 to 1975. He was a member of the Liberal and Country League (LCL) which was succeeded in 1974 by the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. He represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Light from 1970 to 1993.

Bruce Eastick
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Gawler Mayor Bruce Eastick in 1999
Leader of the South Australian Opposition
In office
15 March 1972 – 24 July 1975
Preceded bySteele Hall
Succeeded byDavid Tonkin
Member for Light
In office
30 May 1970 – 11 December 1993
Preceded byJohn Freebairn
Succeeded byMalcolm Buckby
Mayor of Gawler
In office
6 July 1968 – 1 July 1972
In office
1 May 1993 – 6 May 2000
Alderman of the Gawler Council
In office
6 July 1963 – 1 July 1972
In office
1 May 1993 – 6 May 2000
Personal details
Born
Bruce Charles Eastick[1]

(1927-10-25) 25 October 1927 (age 92)[1]
Reade Park, South Australia, Australia
Political partyLiberal and Country League, Liberal Party of Australia (SA)
ParentsSir Thomas Eastick and Ruby Eastick (née Bruce)[1]

Gawler CouncilEdit

Eastick was a member of the Gawler Council from 1963 to 1972[2][3], and served as mayor from 1968[4] to 1972. He had a second stint as mayor from 1993[5] to 2000.

ParliamentEdit

Eastick was elected to the House of Assembly for Light, based on Gawler, in 1970. Two years later, after Steele Hall resigned as LCL leader, the party elected Eastick as his successor.

Eastick led his party to the 1973 and 1975 elections, losing both to the Don Dunstan-led South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party. His term as leader saw the LCL, the state's main conservative party since 1932, formally reconstruct itself as the South Australian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia, although a separate state Country Party had been reformed in 1963. Eastick was the only LCL leader not to have been Premier.

Eastick also served as Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly when his successor as South Australia Liberal leader, David Tonkin, was Premier from 1979 to 1982.

HonoursEdit

In 1996, Eastick was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of his "service to the South Australian Parliament, local government and the community".[6]

Eastick is the eldest son of Sir Thomas Charles ("Tom") Eastick.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Family Notices". Saturday Journal. XLII (16412). South Australia. 29 October 1927. p. 29. Retrieved 25 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ South Australian Government Gazette, 16 May 1963
  3. ^ South Australian Government Gazette, 20 May 1971
  4. ^ South Australian Government Gazette, 16 May 1968
  5. ^ South Australian Government Gazette, 1 April 1993
  6. ^ "Australian Honours". It's An Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steele Hall
Leader of the Opposition of South Australia
1972–1975
Succeeded by
David Tonkin
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
John Freebairn
Member for Light
1970–1993
Succeeded by
Malcolm Buckby
Preceded by
Gil Langley
Speaker of the
South Australian House of Assembly

1979–1982
Succeeded by
Terry McRae
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steele Hall
Leader of the Liberal and Country League (SA)
1972–1974
Succeeded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division)
Preceded by
Himself as leader of the Liberal and Country League
Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division)
1974–1975
Succeeded by
David Tonkin