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Terry Metherell

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Terry Metherell was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1981 to 1992, representing the electorate of Davidson. He was a member of the Liberal Party and served in a number of ministerial roles, including Minister for Education and Youth Affairs from 1988 to 1991.

Two black-and-white photographs of Terry Metherell side-by-side, with the text "Terry Metherell" foregrounded.

Mr. Metherell was born in England in 1947 and migrated to Australia with his family when he was eight years old. He was educated at Caringbah High School and the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Diploma of Education (DipEd). He then gained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), majoring in Australian Political History.


Mr. Metherell entered politics in 1981, when he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Liberal Party and was appointed Minister for Education and Youth Affairs in 1988.


He served in this role until 1991, when he resigned from the ministry after allegations of improper conduct related to alleged tax avoidance. Despite public expectation that he would rejoin the ministry upon the Coalition's victory at the 1991 election, Mr. Metherell instead publicly resigned from the party on live television. Mr. Metherell was then offered a role within the Environment Protection Agency.


The legislative assembly referred this job offer to the NSW ICAC, which found evidence of corruption, and led to the resignation of then-Premier Nick Greiner.

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