Grant McBride

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Grant McBride
Grant McBride.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for The Entrance
In office
18 Jan 1992 – 26 March 2011
Preceded by Bob Graham
Succeeded by Chris Spence
Personal details
Born (1949-12-29) 29 December 1949 (age 64)
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children 8
Profession Civil engineer

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.

Personal life[edit]

McBride is a qualified engineer who worked as an electorate officer to former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.[1][2] He is married and lives in The Entrance with his wife and eight children, and is known as an avowed teetotaller and non-gambler.[3]

Political career[edit]

McBride won Australian Labor Party preselection for The Entrance in the 1991 state election, losing to Liberal incumbent Bob Graham by 116 votes.[4] 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.[5]

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".[3] 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.[6]

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.[7][8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. Grant Anthony McBride, BSc(Eng), DipEd MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Entrance". New South Wales Legislative Assembly Election 2007. The Poll Bludger. 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Mitchell, Alex (5 June 2005). "Beer's blue bottle faces ban". The Sun-Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  4. ^ http://psephos.adam-carr.net/countries/a/australia/states/nsw/nsw-91-assembly.txt
  5. ^ "The Entrance (Key Seat)". Election Guide. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-02-17. 
  6. ^ Clennell, Andrew (11 March 2006). "After $50,000 trip, Minister is minus his department". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  7. ^ Smith, Alexandra (9 November 2010). "Time's up for central coast Labor MPs". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  8. ^ AAP (2010-11-08). "Two more NSW Labor MPs bow out". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bob Graham
Member for The Entrance
1992–2011
Succeeded by
Chris Spence
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Egan
Minister for Gaming and Racing
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Graham West
Preceded by
John Della Bosca
Minister for the Central Coast
2005–2007
Succeeded by
John Della Bosca