Mark Anthony James Vaile AO (born 18 April 1956) is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and former leader of the National Party of Australia.
Vaile was a member of the Australian House of Representatives between March 1993 and July 2008, representing the Division of Lyne, New South Wales. He was Assistant National Party Whip 1994–96 and National Party Whip 1996–97. In 1997 he was appointed Minister for Transport and Regional Development, and in 1998 he became Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In July 1999, following the resignation of Tim Fischer and the election of John Anderson as National Party leader, he was elected the party's Deputy Leader and became Minister for Trade. When John Anderson resigned in 2005, Vaile was ...
Former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile says he would come out of political retirement to help New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner take a tilt at federal politics.
There are reports that Mr Stoner has been approached by senior Nationals figures to take on Independent Rob Oakeshott in the seat of Lyne at the next election.
Mr Stoner has released a statement saying he has no plans to move into federal politics.
But Mr Vaile says he would back Mr Stoner.
"I suspect it's pure speculation at this stage but all I've said is that if ultimately in a couple of years time when the ...
Former Nationals leader Mark Vaile says independent Rob Oakeshott's electorate would not respond well if he formed government with Labor.
"If you look at the results on Saturday last, our candidate David Gillespie got 34 per cent of the primary vote and I would suggest that at least 50 per cent of the primary vote would be conservative," Mr Vaile said. "The seat fundamentally is conservative in those terms.
"All those indicators ought to point to him supporting a conservative government."
But Mr Vaile, who was also once Mr Oakeshott's boss, conceded the number of seats both parties ...
BRENDAN Nelson has dumped his plea for voters to "go easy" on moonlighting Mark Vaile to condemn his decision to work in Dubai as a consultant.Mr Vaile, the former deputy prime minister and Nationals MP, has been moonlighting in the Middle East to boost his $127,000 parliamentary salary."As far as I'm concerned his first priority and our first priority is to service our constituents,'' Dr Nelson told Sky News."In Mark's case it's the people of Lyne and I think he needs to be in Australia and be available to his constituents.''Dr Nelson said he would not have approved the trip if he had been ...
Nationals Mark Vaile Quits Party Leadership The outgoing Deputy Prime Minister and leader of The Nationals, Mark Vaile, has announced that he is stepping down. Vaile said it was time for generational change in the party. He said he would continue to represent his NSW electorate of Lyne. Vaile’s departure means that the top three names in the Howard government have [...]
When for Mayo or Lyne? It's been an absolute eternity in the world of politics since Alexander Downer officially resigned and the Australian Electoral Commission is yet to announce a date for the by-election. There had been some early conjecture about the cost of the by-elections to voters from the ALP, in a bid to win some cheap points, which has been repudiated by the AEC since. The AEC declared that the cost of running the by-elections wouldn't matter if they were held at the same time or not.
Like rats or saints? Well it took Downer long enough to officially declare his resignation in writing. But the real 'Flipper' came from Vaile's resignation announcement, this is an announcement only people so let's not get too excited yet, and no doubt will follow Downer's lead in goading the ALP about fielding a candidate. Downer was at it again today saying Labor was cowardly for not standing a candidate, while Labor wimped on about Mayo being un-winnable.