Dick Adams (politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
13 March 1993 – 7 September 2013
|Preceded by||Max Burr|
|Succeeded by||Eric Hutchinson|
29 April 1951 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Dick Godfrey Harry Adams (born 29 April 1951), Australian former politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from the 1993 federal election until the 2013 federal election, representing the Division of Lyons in central Tasmania. He was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and was a meat worker, rural worker and an organiser with the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union and the Liquor and Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union (Miscellaneous Division) before entering politics.
Adams was a member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for the Franklin division from 1979 until 1982, serving as Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees from 1980 until 1981, and as Minister for National Parks, Lands, Aged Persons and Community Welfare from 1981 until 1982.
Since being elected to the federal parliament, Adams played an active role in the conduct of Parliamentary affairs. Since 7 May 1996, he has been a member of the Speakers' Panel. He has also participated in a number of Parliamentary Standing Committees, including the Parliamentary Library joint committee which he served as a member from 27 March 2006 and as its chair from 21 June 2006. More recently, since February 2007, he has been chairman of the Primary Industries and Resources Standing Committee and the National Capital and External Territories Standing Committee, as well as being an inaugural member of the Standing Committee on Petitions which was established to receive and process petitions to the Federal Parliament from citizens and groups. Adams is also on the Joint Committee for Public Accounts & Audit, Standing Committee of Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries, and Forestry, and Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade and all relevant sub committees - Adams is the only Member of Parliament to sit on all of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade.
Adams was defeated by the Liberal candidate for his seat, Eric Hutchinson, at the 2013 election. He suffered a 14% swing against him.
Adams is a National Ambassador of the National Year of Reading for 2012.
- Personal website
- Dick Adams on Facebook
- Search or browse Hansard for Dick Adams at OpenAustralia.org
- Federal Parliamentary Library profile
- Tasmanian Parliamentary Library profile
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Lyons