Shane Stone

Shane Leslie Stone AC, QC (born 25 September 1950) is an Australian political figure. From 26 May 1995 to 8 February 1999 he was Chief Minister of the Northern Territory,[1] representing the Country Liberal Party.

The Honourable

Shane Stone

Stone in 2018
5th Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
In office
26 May 1995  8 February 1999
MonarchElizabeth II
DeputyMike Reed
Preceded byMarshall Perron
Succeeded byDenis Burke
President of the Liberal Party of Australia
In office
1 July 1999  25 June 2005
LeaderJohn Howard
Preceded byTony Staley
Succeeded byChris McDiven
Personal details
Born (1950-09-25) 25 September 1950 (age 70)
Bendigo, Victoria
Political partyCountry Liberal Party

Political career


First elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly Electoral division of Port Darwin as a member of the Country Liberal Party (CLP) in 1990, Stone held several portfolios, including Attorney-General, Education and the Arts, Employment and Training, Mines and Energy, Industries and Development, and Asian Relations and Trade.[1] In late 1997 Stone attracted sustained criticism when as the First Law Officer being the Attorney-General he appointed himself a Queen's Counsel.

Stone was the Chief Minister during the referendum for statehood for the Northern Territory in 1998. Electors were asked to vote on whether the Northern Territory should become a state with a constitution that had been approved by a Constitutional Assembly. A bipartisan committee of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly had recommended a constitution and that it should be further considered by an elected Constitutional Assembly. The CLP Government put forward a different constitution to a non-elected Constitutional Assembly. The referendum failed narrowly. The following year Stone resigned as Chief Minister; 18 months later the CLP under Denis Burke lost the next Territory election after 27 years in power. In 1999 he became the federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of Kinabalu by the Malaysian state of Sabah.[2]


In 2001 he wrote a memo, later leaked to the press, that suggested that the government of John Howard was seen as "mean and tricky".[3] The ensuing controversy quickly mushroomed, with Stone and Howard both being accused of leaking the memo.

Stone is the Executive Chairman of the APAC Group of Companies.[4] He was the National Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia from 2012 to 2018. He is currently an Award Ambassador. Awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001, Stone was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours for his service to politics, industry, and bi-lateral relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.[5] In 2018, Stone was appointed chair of the Council for the Order of Australia.[6] In 2019 he was presented with the Gold Distinguished Service Medal, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award – Australia, this being the highest level of recognition made by the Award in Australia. The award was made by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.


  1. "Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory" (PDF). c. 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2006.
  2. Stone Family Biography
  3. Curtis, Lyndal (2001). "Coalition returns to form in second half". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 November 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2006.
  4. "Summary Announcement. Aust Magnesium. New Chairman Advisory Committee". Corporate File. 20 July 2000. Archived from the original on 21 June 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2006.
  5. It's an Honour – Companion of the Order of Australia
Political offices
Preceded by
Marshall Perron
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Denis Burke