Reith was chosen as John Hewson’s deputy leader of the Liberal Party in 1990. After the 1993 election, Michael Wooldridge took his post. In the Howard administration, Reith held the positions of minister for employment and workplace relations from 1998 to 2001, minister for small business from 1997 to 2001, minister for industrial relations from 1996 to 1997, and finally minister for defense from January 2001 until his resignation at the 2001 election.
He served as a company director and political commentator after quitting parliament.
Peter Reith passed away surprisingly. At the time of publication, the details of his death had not been made public. We kindly ask that you give the family the necessary and appropriate time to prepare and grieve together at this time.
As we grieve alongside family and friends for this significant loss, words can’t adequately express our sorrow for your loss. We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this young being. Accept our sympathies, and may God comfort you via our prayers. Kindly accept our sincere sympathies.
Please send prayers and sympathies to the deceased’s family and friends; they would be greatly appreciated during this trying time.