|Minister for Planning and Infrastructure|
4 April 2011
|Preceded by||Tony Kelly|
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
25 May 1991
|Preceded by||John Booth|
|Born||30 August 1951|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
|Occupation||Solicitor and Teacher|
|Website||Brad Hazzard MP webpage|
Bradley "Brad" Ronald Hazzard MP (born 30 August 1951), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW in the O'Farrell coalitition government. Hazzard is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Wakehurst for the Liberal Party since 1991.
Early life and education
Hazzard was educated at Manly Boys' High School (now Manly Selective Campus), Macquarie University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts (Science) and a Diploma of Education, the University of New South Wales where he graduated Bachelor of Laws, and the University of Sydney where he graduated Master of Laws.
Hazzard was then employed as a science teacher (1974-1977) before being admitted as a Solicitor in 1977. He was a partner in a Manly law firm from 1981 to 1996.
In 1983, Hazzard joined the Liberal Party and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming regional President and a member of the State Executive from 1985-1986. Hazzard was pre-selected as Liberal Party candidate for Wakehurst in April 1991, ahead of the sitting Liberal Party member John Booth. He was elected to NSW Legislative Assembly in 1991 and sat in the backbench during the Greiner and Fahey governments.
Hazzard played a role in the 'Metherell Affair', involving neighbouring Member for Davidson, Terry Metherell, who upon his resignation from the Liberal Party had expressed his interest in one of the Directorships at the new Environmental Protection Authority to Hazzard. Hazzard discussed this with Premier Greiner and Minister for the Environment, Tim Moore, at Greiner's residence in February 1992. Greiner and Hazzard then discussed the matter with Metherell while in Parliament ten days later. The government subsequently created the job for Metherell, which he accepted, effectively engineering a vacancy in a seat that the Liberal Party would recover at a by-election. At the May 1992 by-election the Labor Party did not nominate a candidate, and a field of Independents and minor parties reduced the Liberal vote by 16%, and 14% after preferences, nevertheless won by Liberal candidate Andrew Humpherson.
After the Labor party won the 1995 election, Hazzard was appointed to the Opposition frontbench and has held various shadow portfolios since. Under Opposition Leader Peter Collins, Hazzard was Shadow Minister for Corrective and Emergency Services (1995-1996), Environment (1996-1997), Aboriginal Affairs (1996-2007), and Sport and Recreation (1997-1999) Under Kerry Chikarovski he was Shadow Minister for Housing (1999-2000), Corrective Services (1999-2000), Disability Services and Ageing (2000-2003), and Community Services (2000-2003). Under John Brogden he was Shadow Minister for Energy and Utilities (2003-2005), Science and Medical Research (2003-2005), Youth (2005), and Community Services (2005).
Under Peter Debnam and Barry O'Farrell he was Shadow Minister for Education (2005-2007) and was made Shadow Minister for Redfern Waterloo (2007-2008). Between 2007 and 2011 Hazzard criticised the State Labor Government's move to take planning powers away from Local government and handing them to government-appointed planning panels and their attitudes towards development of heritage areas.
Hazzard is married with two adult sons.
- "Mr (Brad) Bradley Ronald Hazzard, BA, DipEd, LLB(NSW), LLM(Syd) MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Profile". webpage. Brad Hazzard, MP. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
- Hancock, Ian (2000). The Liberals: a history of the NSW division of the Liberal party (hardbackISBN 978-1-86287-659-0.). Sydney: The Federation Press. pp. 293–297.
- Green, Antony (12 September 2005). "NSW By-Elections Background". ABC Election Guide 2005 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "NSW Opposition angry at plan to remove more council planning powers". Livenews.com.au. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
- "New faces in Barry O'Farrell's Cabinet". The Australian (News Limited). AAP. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Wakehurst
1991 – present
|Minister for Planning and Infrastructure