A Who’s Who of Politics Reveals Goodbye to John Fahey, the Prime Minister who won the 2000 Sydney Olympics, including Prime Ministers Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott
- Former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey was buried in Sydney on Friday
- Mr. Fahey, 75, died on September 12 after a battle with leukemia
- Fahey played an integral role in Sydney hosting the 2000 Olympics
Former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey was said goodbye on Friday during a state funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.
The two-hour requiem mass was celebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher.
A plethora of Australian political identities were on hand to pay their respects, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, and three former Prime Ministers – John Howard, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.
Former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey’s casket outside St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) arrives to pay his respects to Mr Fahey
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian (photo) was also present at the state funeral on Friday
Widow Colleen Fahey (pictured above) arrives for her husband’s state funeral
Former Prime Minister John Howard (photo left) and his wife Jeanette arrive at the church on Friday
John Fahey’s granddaughter Amber Fahey (pictured) speaks at the funeral
Colleen Fahey is seen at the funeral of her husband – former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey
The casket in St Mary’s Cathedral for former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey on Friday
Others in attendance included ex-NSW Prime Minister Mike Baird, Governor General David Hurley, once NSW Prime Minister Bob Carr, and radio Tsar Alan Jones.
COVID-19 restrictions meant that the guest list was only extended to family and friends.
Mr. Fahey was Prime Minister of NSW from 1992 to 1995 and played an integral role in the pursuit of Sydney hosting the 2000 Olympic Games before becoming Federal Chancellor of the Exchequer.
After leaving politics, Mr. Fahey took on a new role as president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
He also became a senior adviser to JP Morgan and a Commissioner for National Catholic Education, and joined the board of directors of the Cancer Institute and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
He was also later appointed Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.
As Prime Minister, Mr. Fahey introduced the Disability Care Act, the Senior Citizen Card and appointed the Prime Minister for the Status of Women.
He died on September 12 after a battle with leukemia.
Mr. Fahey will be buried in private after Mass on Friday.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) shortly after arriving for the state funeral
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured) was another to pay his respects
Former NSW Liberal Leader Kerry Chikarovski arrives for the state funeral of former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey
Radio announcer Alan Jones arrives for the state funeral of former NSW Prime Minister John Fahey
Former NSW Prime Minister Mike Baird (pictured) paid his respects during the state funeral