Author(s): Peter K. Reith
Peter Reith was a senior federal Cabinet minister from 1996 to 2001. He was the face of the Coalition government's tough waterfront reforms, a major contributor to the Fightback! policy, a potential leader of the Liberal Party, the architect of sweeping industrial laws and defence minister during the time that it was wrongly claimed that asylum seekers had thrown their children overboard. He was a key player in the introduction of the GST and influential as a republican in the 1999 referendum. serious diary keeper, Peter Reith maintained extensive records of those tumultuous years through the 120 notebooks he filled with conversations of colleagues, Cabinet discussions and his uncensored thoughts and predictions.
The Honourable Peter K. Reith was a senior Cabinet minister in the Australian Government from 1996 to 2001 and then a director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2003 to 2009. Following his retirement from politics in 2001 he was a member of the Independent Tax Reform Commission in the United Kingdom. From 2003 to 2009 he was a director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Peter Reith recently reviewed the 2010 election on behalf of the Liberal Party.