|Member of the Australian Parliament
21 August 2010
|Preceded by||David Hawker|
27 January 1968 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Relations||Marie Tehan (mother)|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Occupation||Small business owner|
Daniel Thomas "Dan" Tehan (born 27 January 1968) is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Liberal Party. He was elected in the 2010 general election and represents the electorate of Wannon, succeeding David Hawker.
Tehan studied at the University of Melbourne completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science. He has also gained masters degrees in International Relations and Foreign Affairs & Trade from the University of Kent and Monash University respectively. As an adviser in the Howard Government, Tehan was a senior adviser to the Minister for Trade and spent two years as the Chief of Staff to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism. Tehan has suggested breaking the 2000 deal struck between the Howard government and the Australian Democrats wherein fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, some dairy products and other basic items were exempted from the Australian Goods and Services tax.
"We must finish reforming our tax system by broadening the GST," Tehan argued in The Australian Financial Review.
In arguing for reconsideration of the exemptions on food, as well as those on health and education, Tehan has been widely criticised as "short-sighted". Several experts have suggested such a move would lead to higher rates of obesity, heart disease and cancer would place an additional burden on the Australian health system.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Wannon