|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for The Entrance
18 Jan 1992 – 26 March 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Graham|
|Succeeded by||Chris Spence|
|Born||29 December 1949|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Grant Anthony McBride (born 29 December 1949), a former Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of The Entrance on the New South Wales Central Coast for the Australian Labor Party between 1992 and 2011.
McBride is a qualified engineer who worked as an electorate officer to former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. He is married and lives in The Entrance with his wife and eight children, and is known as an avowed teetotaller and non-gambler.
McBride won Australian Labor Party preselection for The Entrance in the 1991 state election, losing to Liberal incumbent Bob Graham by 116 votes. However, due to the late completion of the 1991 redistribution, hundreds of voters received absentee ballots for Gosford. As a result, the Court of Disputed Returns ordered a by-election for 1992, which was won by McBride.
In 2003, McBride was appointed Minister for Gaming and Racing and, in 2005, appointed Minister for the Central Coast. As Minister for Gaming and Racing, in 2005, he proposed a ban on Dutch beer Shag, claiming its name was offensive to Australians. McBride said the beer's name linked it, "directly with sexual intercourse". McBride held both Ministerial positions until a controversy arose during 2006, when he was accused of wasting $50,000 on an overseas trip in November 2005. It was alleged that McBride was accompanied by former Gosford City Councillor, Daniel Cook and his former chief of staff (and son of former Police Minister Paul Whelan) John Whelan. Media reports of the incident suggested McBride had taken the trip knowing he might be removed from the Cabinet. McBride lost his position as Minister for Gaming and Racing and Minister for the Central Coast in April 2007.
In May 2007, McBride was appointed Assistant Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. On 8 November 2010, McBride announced that he would not contest the 2011 state election.
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|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
|Member for The Entrance
|Minister for Gaming and Racing
John Della Bosca
|Minister for the Central Coast
John Della Bosca