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Leo McLeay

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Preceded by  Frank Stewart
Preceded by  Joan Child
Spouse  Janice McLeay
Succeeded by  Jeannette McHugh
Succeeded by  Stephen Martin
Party  Australian Labor Party
Preceded by  New seat
Name  Leo McLeay
Children  Paul McLeay
Succeeded by  Tony Burke
Role  Political leader

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Leo Boyce McLeay (born 4 October 1945), Australian politician, was a Labor Party member of the House of Representatives from June 1979 to October 2004. He was Speaker of the House of Representatives 1989–93. During 1992 he was censured by the then Federal opposition leader Dr. John Hewson with a motion of no confidence due to his political bias.



Leo McLeay was born in Sydney, and was a telephone technician before entering politics. He was a member of the Marrickville Municipal Council 1971–77, and was also Assistant General Secretary of the New South Wales Labor Party 1976–79.

In Parliament, he represented the Division of Grayndler, New South Wales from 1979 until 1993 and the Division of Watson, New South Wales from 1993 until 2004.

McLeay was Chair of Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives 1986–89, and Speaker of the House 1989–93. He, Neil Andrew and Bronwyn Bishop are the only three speakers to be subject to motions of no confidence (which were defeated in all cases due to party lines). He resigned as Speaker following accusations that he had made a false compensation claim. This accusation was later shown to be incorrect. McLeay was subsequently Chief Government Whip 1993–96 and Chief Opposition Whip 1996–2001. He retired at the 2004 election.

After leaving parliament Leo McLeay became a Director of the Mary MacKillop Foundation in 2005. He was also the New South Wales director of the Enhance Group.

His son is Paul McLeay who was the Member for Heathcote in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 2003 until his defeat at the 2011 state election.


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