|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
7 May 1992 – 2 March 2007
|Preceded by||Terry Metherell|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan O'Dea|
15 August 1960 |
London, United Kingdom
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
|Occupation||Engineer and politician|
Andrew Humpherson, (born 15 August 1960) is a former Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Davidson from 1992-2007. He has since pursued a career in public affairs overseeing the Government and Public Affairs Division of Australia's nuclear agency and subsequently returned to NSW politics working as Chief of Staff to the Energy and Resources Minister in the newly elected O'Farrell government.
Humpherson was born in the United Kingdom in 1960. His family moved to Australia in 1970 and he was educated at Davidson High School where he became a member of the Student Council. He attended the University of New South Wales where he graduated with honours in the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical).
Between 1986 and 1992 he was employed as an engineer and also a Territory Manager for Shell Australia. Humpherson entered politics on 17 March 1987 as a Councillor on Warringah Shire Council and was Deputy Shire President from 1991-1992 until he resigned on 30 May 1992, following his election to state parliament.
Political and business career
He was elected into the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the seat of Davidson, at a May 1992 by-election brought on by the resignation of former Education Minister and Liberal-turned-independent member Terry Metherell, who resigned to take up a public service appointment offered by the Greiner government. The Independent Commission Against Corruption then announced that this amounted to a corrupt attempt to have Davidson return to the Liberal Party, which had lost its parliamentary majority at the 1991 election. The independents who held the balance of power subsequently forced Greiner's resignation as Premier, and the ICAC's findings were overturned in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. However Davidson returned to the Liberals, with Humpherson winning the by-election ahead of 14 other candidates, despite a 16.1 per cent swing against the Liberal Party.
As a backbencher, Humpherson served in various Parliamentary committees, until in 2000 when he was appointed as a Shadow Minister under Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski. He held various shadow portfolios including Housing and Corrective Services (2000–2002), Planning and Environment (2002–2003), Justice (2003–2006), Community Services (2005–2006) and Emergency Services (2003–2007).
Humpherson was defeated in a preselection battle before the 2007 election in favour of challenger Jonathan O'Dea. Humpherson had cross-factional backing among many delegates, but had lost support in local branches after reportedly instructing party members to quit branches under O'Dea's control, thereby reducing their voting power. Despite having support of the Party Leader, Peter Debnam, Humpherson lost the vote 52 votes to 54 and he retired from parliament.
In March 2007, Humpherson was appointed to the newly created position of General Manager of Public Affairs at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and is a member of the board, which is appointed by the Governor General of Australia.
Humpherson left ANSTO in late 2010 and, after establishing his own government affairs consultancy in anticipation of an expected win by his former Liberal colleagues at the March 2011 NSW state election, changed his career path and accepted an opportunity to be Chief of Staff to the newly appointed Resources and Energy Minister the Hon Chris Hartcher MP. He continued in this role until the resignation of Hartcher in December 2013.
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|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Davidson
1992 – 2007