Former Australian Liberal leader and party stalwart, Andrew Peacock, has died in the United States aged 82.

His death was confirmed on Friday night by his daughter Ann Peacock in a tribute online to “my beautiful, loving, most caring, thoughtful, generous and brilliant father.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Mr Peacock ‘A great Australian and a treasure’.

“He was one of our greatest Liberals who helped shape Australia and the Liberal Party over three decades.

“Andrew was known as the ‘colt from Kooyong’, a term which did not do justice to his thoroughness, intellect and capacity to make friends far and wide,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Peacock was born in Melbourne in 1939 and served as opposition leader twice from 1983-85 and from 1989-90. He was the member for the blue-ribbon Victorian seat of Kooyong from 1966 to 1994, inheriting the seat from Sir Robert Menzies.

After losing the leadership in 1985 to John Howard he became opposition foreign affairs minister until 1987 and then shadow treasurer until 1989.

He had a second stint as Opposition Leader in 1989-90, and later held several other shadow portfolios before retiring from politics in 1994.

He served as Australian Ambassador in Washington DC between 1997-2000.

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