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Hon Bruce Baird MP, AM

Hon Bruce Baird MP, AM

Former Member

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • State: Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
  • Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Cook, New South Wales, 1998. Re-elected 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 23.5.2001 to 31.8.2004 (Chair from 24.5.2001 to 31.8.2004); Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 8.5.2007 to 17.10.2007.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.12.1998 to 17.10.2007; Migration from 8.12.1998 to 11.2.2002; Treaties from 8.12.1998 to 11.2.2002.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 8.2.1999 to 30.8.1999 (Chair from 16.2.1999 to 30.8.1999); Republic Referendum from 2.6.1999 to 9.8.1999.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007 (Chair from 9.12.2004 to 17.10.2007).
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia, January 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, October 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, December 2005.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006.
  • Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Government Policy Committee on Small Business, Tourism, Sport and the Arts.
  • Member of the Government Policy Committee on Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
Party positions
  • President of the Liberal Party Pennant Hills Branch from 1992 to 1993.
  • President of the Northcott Electorate Conference from 1992 to 1993.
Other positions
  • Chair of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.
  • Chair of the Friends of Tourism Group.
  • Chair of the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group from 2000.
Personal
  • Born 28.2.1942, Sydney, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Hon PhD (University of Newcastle).
  • MBA (University of Melbourne).
  • BA (University of Sydney).
  • Assistant Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy in Bonn from 1972 to 1976.
  • Trade Commissioner at the Australian Consulate-General, New York from 1977 to 1980.
  • Government Affairs Manager for Esso Australia Ltd. from 1980 to 1984.
  • Managing Director of the Tourism Council of Australia from 1995 to 1998.
  • Chair of the National Rail Corporation from 1997 to 1998.
State/Territory Government service
  • Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
  • Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Northcott, 1984. Retired prior to general elections 1995.
  • Shadow Minister for Transport and Finance from 1986 to 1988.
  • Minister for Transport from 25.3.1988 to 4.4.1995.
  • Minister for Sydney's Olympic Bid from 1990 to 1993.
  • Minister for Tourism from 3.7.1992 to 26.5.1993.
  • Minister for Roads from 26.5.1993 to 4.4.1995.
Electorate
  • Name: Cook
  • Location: south-eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bundeena, Caringbah, Cronulla, Grays Point, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Miranda, Sylvania and Woolooware.
  • Area: 189 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 82,675 (at 9.10.2004)
  • Industries: petroleum refineries at Kurnell, steel fabrication, pharmaceutical plant, boat building and oyster farming.
  • Includes: Cook includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Cronulla, and parts of Heathcote and Miranda.