NSW Premier John Fahey thwarted a gun-man attempting to assassinate Prince Charles on 26 January 1994.
Prince Charles was a guest at the Australia Day Award ceremonies at Darling Harbour when a university student, David Kang, rushed to the stage firing a starter’s pistol twice with blank shots.
John Fahey told The Daily Telegraph in 2015 that his wife Colleen warned him ‘there’s a man running towards us and he’s got a gun’.
The Premier, also a former Canterbury-Bulldogs NRL player, tackled David Kang, with some help from the Australian of the Year, Ian Kiernan, as he lunged onto the stage just as Prince Charles was about to present some awards.
Prince Charles had remained calm throughout the whole incident, who according to John Fahey, thought it was part of the event.
Police arrested David Kang on stage before Prince Charles continued with his speech.
David Kang was later charged with threatening unlawful violence and sentenced to 500 hours of community service.
During the court hearing David Kang said he carried out the act to highlight the plight of Cambodian boat people held in detention camps in Australia.
John Fahey was later praised for his unthinking bravery, including recent obituaries when he passed away on Saturday, 12 September 2020, aged 75, after a battle with leukemia.
He was Premier of New South Wales from 24 June 1992 until 4 April 1995, before entering Federal Politics in 1996 until 2001 as Minister for Finance.
John Fahey also played a key role in the bidding process for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and jumped for joy when Sydney won the bid.
The New South Wales Government held a state funeral for the former Premier on Friday, 25 September 2020.
Governor of New South Wales Margaret Beazley read out a letter from Prince Charles paying tribute to the former Premier during the service.
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