Andrew Thomson (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Andrew Thomson
Minister for Sport and Tourism
In office
9 October 1997 – 21 October 1998
Preceded by Warwick Smith (Sport)
Michael Lee (Tourism)
Succeeded by Jackie Kelly
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wentworth
In office
8 April 1995 – 8 October 2001
Preceded by John Hewson
Succeeded by Peter King
Personal details
Born (1961-01-07) 7 January 1961 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Relations Peter Thomson (father)
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Keio University
Georgetown University Law Center
Profession Solicitor

Andrew Peter Thomson (born 7 January 1961), Australian politician, is a former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Wentworth in New South Wales.

Biography[edit]

Thomson is the son of Australian golfer Peter Thomson,[1] and worked as a solicitor, investment banker and golf course designer before entering politics. He was educated at the University of Melbourne (Arts/Law), Keio University in Tokyo, and later at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC.[2] He entered parliament in April 1995 in a Wentworth by-election after Dr John Hewson vacated the seat when he retired from politics after being defeated in a leadership ballot by Alexander Downer.

When the Coalition took government at the 1996 election, Thomson was made Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. On 6 October 1997 he became Minister for Sport and Tourism, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.[3] Thomson was the first Member of the House of Representatives to speak fluent Japanese and Chinese.[citation needed]

Thomson retired from the seat of Wentworth in 2001 after losing preselection. Thereafter he worked in Washington DC after passing the New York Bar Exam, then later joined Minter Ellison in Australia as Special Counsel.[4] He worked in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Beijing before returning to live in Tokyo in early 2011 where he had worked in his twenties. Currently he is registered as a foreign lawyer in Japan and has his own practice in the city of Fukuoka. He also founded Teas of Kyushu, a website and blog to promote and sell tea products grown on the island of Kyushu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What goes around comes around for King". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Kirk, Alexandra. "Political fall out over Thomson absence". The World Today. ABC Radio. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Biography for THOMSON, the Hon. Andrew Peter, Parliament of Australia.
  4. ^ Andrew Thomson, Consultant, World Services Group.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Warwick Smith (Sport)
Michael Lee (Tourism)
Minister for Sport and Tourism
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Jackie Kelly
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Hewson
Member for Wentworth
1995–2001
Succeeded by
Peter King