John Douglas Anthony, AC, CH, FTSE was an Australian politician. He served as leader of the National Party of Australia from 1971 to 1984. He was Deputy Prime Minister under John Gorton, William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser.
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John Douglas Anthony, AC, CH, FTSE was an Australian politician. He served as leader of the National Party of Australia from 1971 to 1984. He was Deputy Prime Minister under John Gorton, William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser. Anthony was born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, the son of federal government minister Hubert Lawrence Anthony. In 1957 he was elected to the House of Representatives at a by-election, aged 27, following his father’s sudden death. He held the portfolios of Minister for the Interior, Primary Industry, Trade and Industry, Overseas Trade, National Resources and Trade and Resources. He retired from politics at the 1984 election. His son Larry Anthony became the third-generation of his family to enter federal parliament. Anthony worked with Prime Minister John Gortson to try to create as many economically viable options as possible to deal with the “wheat crisis”. He died in Sydney in 1998. He is survived by his wife Margot Budd and three children. He has a son and a daughter. He had a son, Dougald, with whom he had three children: Dougald,.
Jane and Larry. He also had a daughter, Jane Anthony, who is also a member of the Australian House of Reps. Anthony served as a Privy Councillor under Queen Elizabeth II and was made a Member of the Order of Australia on 23 June 1971. In March 1971, Anthony was chosen as the successor to John McEwen as party leader and deputy prime minister, taking his old posts of Trade and Trade Industry and Interior Minister. In June 1971, he became Prime Minister of Australia, taking over from William McMahon. In May 1968, Anthony initiated a payout of USD 21 million to offset the devaluation of the British Pound by Prime Minister Harold Wilson; the currencies were not yet independent of each other. Anthony supported a federal redistribution with conditions so restrictive that it favoured country seats and would increase Country Party representation. In 1967 he was one of the leading forces against the 1967 nexus referendum, seeking to increase the senate’s power in parliament.