Former NSW premier and federal Liberal minister John Fahey has died aged 75.
New Zealand-born Mr Fahey dedicated almost two decades of his life to public service, leading NSW as premier from 1992 to 1995.
He was elected as state member for Camden in 1984, but after his term as premier, made the switch to federal politics.
Mr Fahey went on to serve as a minister in the Howard government, before retiring from politics in 2001.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said his time in politics left a lasting legacy.
"Personally, I am grateful for John's support and encouragement," she said in a statement.
"He has always been a wonderful role model to generations of Liberals. His contribution to the state and nation will leave a lasting legacy."
Mr Fahey led a major overhaul of the industrial relations system as a NSW minister, and appointed the state's first Minister for the Status of Women.
Former Premier John Fahey was a kind, decent person dedicated to his family and fought for equality and opportunity for all. A wonderful mentor and role model. He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/XNuUnarP6s— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) September 11, 2020
He also played a key role in the successful bid for Sydney to host the Olympic Games in 2000.
But Mr Fahey is perhaps best remembered for crash-tackling a student who fired blank shots at Prince Charles at Darling Harbour in 1994.
"History will also remember him as a brave man, for his quick-thinking and selfless action to protect Prince Charles from an attack on Australia Day in 1994," Ms Berejiklian said.
Mr Fahey is survived by wife Colleen, his children and grandchildren.
Ms Berejiklian said a state memorial service has been offered to Mr Fahey's family.
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