Vale: Wayne Goss

2014-11-10_1216Wayne Goss, best known as Queensland premier from 1989 -1996 has died, aged 63.

When he was 46 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. ABC reports he had brain surgery three more times, most recently in April this year but his death comes as a shock given he had been extremely fit.

In media circles Goss was the inaugural independent Chairman of Free TV Australia, the body that represents commercial networks Seven, Nine and TEN. He took up the role in 2008 and remained until 2011, bringing together Free TV broadcasters as a cohesive unit to advance broadcasting and regulation change.

The appointment of a politician to the lobby group was followed by ASTRA appointing former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks as its chairman.

In a statement FreeTV CEO Julie Flynn said,  “Wayne was a great supporter of the commercial free-to-air television industry in Australia.

“He was always concerned about the ‘public interest’ in any issue as he demonstrated throughout his career.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with his wife Roisin and children, Ryan and Caitlin” she said.


  1. The man who brought Qld back into Australia. I’ll never forget watching TV news in my motel room during the Joh era and hearing reporters refer to “Queensland and Australia”.

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