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Australia’s longest serving deputy prime minister Doug Anthony will be farewelled at a state funeral on the NSW north coast.

The former Nationals leader died peacefully aged 90 in a Murwillumbah aged care home late last year.

Mr Anthony was leader of the Country and National parties for 12 years and deputy prime minister for nearly 10, wielding his greatest influence through the 1970s and 1980s.

He served under six prime ministers, starting with Sir Robert Menzies.

Mr Anthony entered federal politics in 1957 at 27 when he won the NSW seat of Richmond at a by-election, replacing his father Larry who died suddenly.

His son Larry won Richmond in 1996 and served on John Howard’s front bench, making it the first three-generation all-ministerial dynasty.

The Anthony men held the electorate for more than half a century.

A cabinet minister between 1966 and 1972, and again from 1975 to 1983, Mr Anthony served as deputy prime minister in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser governments.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is expected to attend Thursday’s service at the Twin Town Services Club in Tweed Heads, along with senior Nationals figures.

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