Bob Chynoweth

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Bob Chynoweth
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Flinders
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded by Peter Reith
Succeeded by Peter Reith
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dunkley
In office
1 December 1984 – 24 March 1990
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Frank Ford
In office
13 March 1993 – 2 March 1996
Preceded by Frank Ford
Succeeded by Bruce Billson
Personal details
Born (1941-06-07) 7 June 1941 (age 73)
Richmond, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party

Robert Leslie "Bob" Chynoweth (born 7 June 1941) is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996.

Chynoweth was born in Richmond, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria to a family of Cornish descent.[1] .

Chynoweth first entered federal parliament at the federal election of March 1983, as part of a landslide Labor win under the leadership of Bob Hawke. He was the Labor candidate for the seat of Flinders, based on the outer south eastern fringe of Melbourne, Victoria. He defeated incumbent Liberal member Peter Reith. Only months earlier Labor had failed to win Flinders, with a different candidate, at a by-election held in December 1982.

Following a redistribution of electoral boundaries in 1984, Chynoweth opted to contest the seat of Dunkley. Dunkley was one of a number of new seats created as a consequence of the enlargement of Australian House of Representatives. The seat took in much of the area previously covered by Flinders, and was considered a safer bet for a Labor candidate than the redistributed Flinders. (Dunkley had a notional post-redistribution two-party margin of Labor 53.2% to Liberal 46.8%. Flinders had a notional post-redistribution two-party margin of Labor 50.7% to Liberal 49.3%. [2]) Chynoweth won the seat of Dunkley at the 1984 federal election and was re-elected in 1987.

Chynoweth was defeated at the 1990 federal election as one of a number of Labor losses in the state of Victoria at that election. However, he was to make a comeback to politics by winning back the seat of Dunkley at the 1993 federal election. He defeated Liberal MP Frank Ford, who had defeated him three years earlier.

A redistribution that took place ahead of the 1996 federal election transformed Dunkley from a marginal Labor seat into a seat with a notional Liberal majority. [3] Chynoweth re-contested the redistributed Dunkley but failed to win the seat, losing to Liberal candidate Bruce Billson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, G. Pawley, A Handbook of Cornish Surnames.
  2. ^ Psephos: 1984 Federal election, Victoria
  3. ^ Psephos: 1996 Federal election, Victoria

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Peter Reith
Member for Flinders
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Peter Reith
New division Member for Dunkley
1984 – 1990
Succeeded by
Frank Ford
Preceded by
Frank Ford
Member for Dunkley
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by
Bruce Billson