Fred Nile (1934 – ) Christian politician
“In response to the wishes of more than 200 000 New South Wales citizens who voted for me, in this House I pledge myself to carry out the immediate objectives, so far as I can, of our independent citizens group with the help of God and the assistance of Members of both Houses.”
Frederick John “Fred” Nile ED MLC (born 15 September 1934) is an Australian politician and ordained Christian minister. Nile has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1981, except for a period in 2004 when he resigned to unsuccessfully contest the Australian Senate at the 2004 federal election. Nile was re-elected at the March 2007 state election and is currently Assistant President of the Legislative Council. He is the longest-serving member of the New South Wales parliament. In November 2009 he stated his decision to retire in 2015, but later announced his decision to accept the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) nomination for the NSW Legislative Council at the New South Wales State Election on 28 March 2015.
About the Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
Fred has been a strong representative of Christian values in this place and a stood firm no matter the opposition he has faced. I wish to acknowledge and thank him for his leadership of the Christian Democratic Party and the invaluable legacy that he has established with the New South Wales and Australia. Over 200 guests shared in a special luncheon to celebrate the Rev. the Hon Fred Nile MLC’s 35 years of service in NSW Parliament on Wednesday 30th March.
The Rev. Hon Fred Nile said “I was deeply moved by the many congratulations I received from a wide range of Members of Parliament and Community Leaders such as the Salvation Army Commissioner James Condon, as well as many ethnic leaders including the Assyrians, Coptic Christians, Chinese Korean, Italian and Greek communities, especially the Greek Consul General Dr Stavros Kyrimis.”
The Rev. Hon Fred Nile renewed his vow from his maiden Speech on the 25th November 1981- “In response to the wishes of more than 200 000 New South Wales citizens who voted for me, in this House I pledge myself to carry out the immediate objectives, so far as I can, of our independent citizens group with the help of God and the assistance of Members of both Houses”.
Speech by Paul Green MLC, March 2016: http://paulgreenmlc.com.au/fred-nile-celebrating-35-years-nsw-parliament/
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
Motion by Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile in the NSW Legislative Council 20th November 2012
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