Guy Barnett (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Guy Barnett
Senator for Tasmania
In office
26 February 2002 – 30 June 2011
Preceded by Brian Gibson
Personal details
Born (1962-04-04) 4 April 1962 (age 52)
Launceston, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal
Residence Launceston, Tasmania
Alma mater Launceston Church Grammar School, University of Tasmania
Occupation Managing director
Profession Government, corporate relations
Religion Anglican

Guy Barnett LLB, LLM, FAICD (born 4 April 1962), has been a Liberal Party member of the Australian Senate since February 2002, representing the state of Tasmania. He was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and attended the Launceston Church Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1984 with a Bachelor of Laws degree, and later in 1995 with a Master of Laws (Environmental Law)[citation needed]. He was Senior Adviser to the Premier of Tasmania, Robin Gray before entering politics, and also worked for a time as a Barrister and Solicitor[citation needed].

Barnett has conservative stances on stem-cell research and embryo cloning, in-vitro fertilisation, abortion, and gay rights, and opposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Tasmania.[1]

At the 2010 federal election, Barnett was defeated and served until July 2011. He also criticised fellow Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, blaming him for the poor election result in Tasmania, and said the Liberal Party in Tasmania was "battling to stay relevant". Guy now competes in Tennis events around Tasmania,winning a few rounds in various AMT's around the state.[2][3]

Barnett left politics in June 2011, and founded his own company, Guy Barnett Consulting, specialising in government and corporate relations consultancy. He has also written several books on politics, military history, and in other areas[citation needed].