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Bruce Skeggs

Bruce Albert Edward Skeggs (born 11 October 1932) was a longstanding Victorian Parliamentarian but equally famous for his career as a race-caller. He was a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1973 to 1982, representing Ivanhoe. He was the Liberal member of the Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996, representing Templestowe Province.

He was born in Sydney, New South Wales. As a schoolboy, he started singing professionally.

His early career was as a journalist and race-caller. As a trotting commentator from 1948-1982 and the official Trotting Control Board Victoria commentator 1955-1982, Skeggs called 20 inter-dominion championships and set a world record 34 000 trotting calls. He was well loved and sought after as a commentator.[1] He was the winner of the Australian Harness Racing Awards Joseph Coulter Media Award. Skeggs was also the President of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club.

Skeggs worked as a journalist at the Argus and Farm and Home from 1950 to 1956 and was the founding editor of TV Week from 1956 to 1960. He established Cabon Publishing Company Pty Ltd in 1960 and was the chairman and managing director; editor and publisher Year Book of Australian Trotting 1960-1961 and was the editor for the Australian Trotting Register from 1960 to 2005.

Very active in anti-communist movements, he was President of the Freedom Coalition from 1984 to 1994.

He was very active in community life including community radio 3 INR and the Masonic Lodge.



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