Craig Ingram

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Craig Ingram
Craig Ingram, Independent MP for Gippsland East, Victoria,2008.jpg
Constituency Gippsland East
Personal details
Born (1965-03-25) 25 March 1965 (age 49)[1]
Nationality Australian
Political party Independent
Profession Farmer, abalone diver[1]

Craig Ingram (born 25 March 1965, Orbost)[2] is a former Australian politician, and was the Independent Member of Parliament for Gippsland East in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Ingram was educated at Mallacoota P-12 College from 1970 to 1981, and undertook a Certificate of Technical Fisheries at the Australian Maritime College in 1987. Prior to being elected to parliament, Ingram worked as a farmer from 1987 to 1989, and as an abalone diver from 1989 to 1999. Ingram is married with four children.[1] His office as local member is situated in Bairnsdale.[3]

Political career[edit]

At the 1999 election, he unexpectedly won the seat after receiving preferences from the independent, One Nation and Labor candidates. Ingram then held the balance of power with two other independents, Russell Savage and Susan Davies. The three independents would not support a minority government led by the incumbent Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett and decided instead to support a minority Labor government under Steve Bracks. This led to Kennett's decision to quit not only the premiership but politics altogether.

At the 2002 election, Ingram was easily re-elected, polling 41% of the primary vote and 62% of the two candidate preferred vote. At the 2006 election, Ingram won with a slightly reduced primary vote of 38%, and 53% of the two candidate preferred vote.

Ingram came under heavy criticism in mid-2007 when he failed to return from holidays to his electorate which had suffered devastating floods.[4]

Ingram was defeated in the 2010 Election as John Brumby's Labor government was removed from office, and the Coalition regained power across Victoria. Gippsland East was returned to National Party hands, when their new candidate, Tim Bull, gained a very large swing. Ingram received only 25.31% of the primary vote,[5] and 37.94% of the two-party preferred vote.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biography". Craig Ingram — Independent Member for Gippsland East (Official site). Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  2. ^ Spicer, Victoria (9 July 2009). "Solo Man: A Natural Politician". CraigIngram.com. Craig Ingram. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Contact Information". Craig Ingram — Independent Member for Gippsland East (Official site). Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  4. ^ Peter Ker and David Rood (2007-07-11). "MP soaks up sun, locals in hell with floods". theage.com.au. The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  5. ^ "State Election 2010: Gippsland East District". Official Website. Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "State Election 2010 : Gippsland East District Two Candidate Preferred Results by Voting Centre". Official Website. Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
David Treasure
Member for Gippsland East
1999–2010
Succeeded by
Tim Bull