Grant Tambling

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Grant Tambling
AM
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Northern Territory
In office
18 October 1980 – 5 March 1983
Preceded by Sam Calder
Succeeded by John Reeves
Senator for Northern Territory
In office
11 July 1987 – 9 November 2001
Preceded by Bernie Kilgariff
Succeeded by Nigel Scullion
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
1 November 2003 – 7 August 2007
Preceded by Michael Stephens
Succeeded by Owen Walsh
Personal details
Born (1943-06-20) 20 June 1943 (age 71)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Spouse(s) Sandy Tambling

Grant Ernest John Tambling, AM (born 20 June 1943) is an Australian politician and former Administrator of Norfolk Island.

Tambling was born and raised in Darwin in the Northern Territory, and studied both there and in Adelaide. After a stint in local government on the Darwin City Council, Tambling was elected to the first Northern Territory Legislative Assembly as the Country Liberal Party member for Fannie Bay. Tambling served as Executive Member for Community Development in this first parliament. This was the same as a ministerial position in later years, though that title was not used until self-government was granted in 1978.[1]

In 1975 he became Deputy Majority Leader and despite his position, Tambling was defeated at the 1977 election by Australian Labor Party candidate Pam O'Neil, and began a career in business. He served as the member for the Northern Territory electorate in the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1983, but was again defeated by an ALP rival, John Reeves.[1]

After four years out of parliament, Tambling was once again elected - this time to the Senate - at the 1987 federal election. He ironically replaced Bernie Kilgariff whom he had earlier replaced as Deputy Majority leader. He is the only Territorian to have served in both houses of federal parliament. He spent fourteen years as a Senator, six of them as a parliamentary secretary, before being disendorsed by the CLP at the 2001 election for voting in favour of anti-Internet gaming legislation.[2] Tambling subsequently retired from politics, and after two years working in private consultancy, was appointed as the Administrator of Norfolk Island 1 November 2003 to September 2007. He is married with two adult children.[1]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Stephens
Administrator of Norfolk Island
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Owen Walsh
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
New seat Member for Fannie Bay
1974–1977
Succeeded by
Pam O'Neil
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sam Calder
Member for Northern Territory
1980–1983
Succeeded by
John Reeves
Preceded by
Bernie Kilgariff
Senator for the Northern Territory
1987–2001
Served alongside: Bob Collins, Trish Crossin
Succeeded by
Nigel Scullion