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Former New South Wales Premier John Fahey has died at the age of 75. Fahey served as Premier from 1992 to 1995 before moving into federal politics.
One of his most famous moments was in 1994 when a man rushed over Prince Charles with a starter gun on Australia Day. Fahey grabbed him from the ground after the man, David Kang, fired two missiles at the king.
He was also instrumental in the bid for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
His reaction when Sydney won and jumped up and down became an icon.
Former NSW premier and federal Liberal minister John Fahey has died, aged 75. https://t.co/yJ0bYf5gNW
— SBS News (@SBSNews) September 12, 2020
Fahey later served in federal politics and served as Secretary of the Treasury in the John Howard administration before retiring in 2001.
He cited family, personal, and health reasons for retiring after one of his lungs was removed for cancer.
John Fahey was named Companion of the Australian Order in 2002 for serving in the parliaments of Australia and New South Wales.
Current Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian released a statement following her death on Saturday.
He said: “Today we mourn the Honorable John Fahey AC, Prime Minister of New South Wales from 1992 to 1995, who served nearly two decades of his life in the service of New South Wales and Australia.
John Fahey supported New South Wales as Prime Minister and as a high-ranking member of the Greiner government with major reforms.
“History will also remember him as a brave man for acting quickly and selflessly to protect Prince Charles from attacks on Australia Day 1994.
“My thoughts are with John’s wife Colleen, their children and grandchildren. I spoke to Colleen to offer my condolences and offer a state memorial service.”