- Former Member for Flinders and defence minister Peter Reith has died aged 72, his family announced on Tuesday.
- He served as a Member of the House of Representatives for more than 17 years, and held several portfolios.
- His family confirmed he had been battling Alzheimer’s disease.
He was the Liberal party’s deputy leader from 1990 to 1993 and served as a minister in the Howard government, having the portfolios of industrial relations, small business, employment and workplace relations and finally defence.
After leaving politics Mr Reith served as a company director and political commentator.