13 July 2016

Stefaniak in serious condition after heart attack

| Michael Reid
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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.

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.

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