Bill Stefaniak, the former ACT attorney-general and opposition leader, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving last week.
Stefaniak, 64, was driving on a service road outside Narrabundah College when he suffered a medical episode and crashed into a street light on Friday, the Canberra Times has reported.
He was taken to Canberra Hospital and placed in an induced coma.
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His son, John Lane, said Stefaniak was now awake and showing “positive signs”.
“He’s serious but stable. We’re optimistic going forward,” Mr Lane said.
Canberra-born Mr Stefaniak was elected to the first Legislative Assembly in 1989, serving as attorney-general and minister for education and training, youth and family services, housing, sport, recreation and racing and police and emergency services.
He quit the assembly in 2008 to take up a position as the appeals president of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal until the end of last year.