Joe and Con (right) Sciacca. Con passed away surrounded by family today. Picture: Jerad Williams
Joe and Con (right) Sciacca. Con passed away surrounded by family today. Picture: Jerad Williams

Con Sciacca dies, aged 70, after battle with cancer

FORMER federal minister, Queensland Labor Party heavyweight, solicitor and businessman Con Sciacca has died following a long battle with cancer.

He was 70.

He died today, surrounded by family and friends, including his great mate Santo Santoro.

Mr Sciacca was a prominent Brisbane solicitor before his move into federal politics when he won the Brisbane bayside seat of Bowman in 1987.

He served as MP for Bowman from 1987 to 1996, when he lost an election, before being returned in 1998 and serving again to 2004.

He rose to Cabinet and served as Minister for Veteran Affairs in the Keating Government from 1994-1996.

Mr Sciacca had been terminally ill with cancer for some time.

A close family friend confirmed with The Courier-Mail that Mr Sciacca was administered the last rites this morning, before peacefully passing away at St Vincent's Private Hospital.

Mr Sciacca, who was born in Sicily before emigrating to Australia, worked as a bank officer and solicitor before entering politics.

He always remained proud of his Sicilian roots.

Just last month, the gregarious Labor elder statesman told The Courier-Mailhe was nearing the end in his long battle with cancer.

"I'm not dead yet but I could be in three months. If it was six months, I would hug you!'' he said.

Mr Sciacca had been in and out of St Vincent's in Brisbane over the past six months.

After a three-week stay in the palliative care ward, Mr Sciacca went home to celebrate his 70th birthday on June 13 with his family, including his younger brother, Joe, who turned 67 on the same day.

"I'm looking to go out with a bang!'' Mr Sciacca said at the time.

News Corp Australia


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