Founding Chairman (1947 - 2017)
Con Sciacca was the Founding Chairman of the SAS Group, and worked in the business from its inception in 2009. First elected to the Australian Parliament in 1987, Con was a Member for 15 years, serving in the Hawke and Keating Governments as Parliamentary Secretary for Social Security and also Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Administrative Services. In 1994, Con was elevated to the Ministry and served as Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Superannuation. He was the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 1998-2001.
For more than 40 years, Con has been a prominent Labor Party leader starting as President of the Queensland Young Labor movement. His political career saw many highlights including the 'Australia Remembers' program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II and his election as World Secretary of Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against Corruption.
In recognition of his service to the veteran community, Con was conferred life memberships of the Returned Services League, the RAAF Association of Australia and the Naval Association of Australia. Con was also a foundation fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Con was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2006 for his contribution to both the community and, specifically, the veteran community and cancer research. Con was also been honoured by the Italian Government, given the title of Grande Ufficiale (Grand Officer) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (one of Italy's highest honours) and by the Finnish Government having been awarded the title Commander in the Order of the Lion of the Finnish Republic. .
Con's lifetime involvement in politics, business and the law gave the SAS Group invaluable experience in dealing with governments at all levels and the relationship between government and the law.