Jim Carlton

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The Honourable
James Carlton
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Mackellar
In office
10 December 1977 – 14 January 1994
Preceded by Bill Wentworth
Succeeded by Bronwyn Bishop
Minister for Health
In office
7 May 1982 – 11 March 1983
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser
Preceded by Peter Baume
Succeeded by Neal Blewett
Personal details
Born (1935-05-13) 13 May 1935 (age 79)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation politician

James Joseph (Jim) Carlton AO (born 13 May 1935) is a former Australian politician.

Carlton was born in Sydney and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney.[1] His political career beginning at the Sydney University Liberal Club, of which he later became president, he succeeded Sir John Carrick as General Secretary of the NSW Liberal Party during the McMahonSneddenFraser periods.[2]

He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 1977 election for the seat of Mackellar and was Minister for Health from May 1982 to the defeat of the Fraser Government in March 1983. He served on the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and held a number of Shadow Ministry positions in Opposition, including Shadow Minister for Defence from 1989 to 1990. He resigned from Parliament in January 1994.[1]

From 1994 to 2001 Carlton was Secretary General of the Australian Red Cross.[3][4] As a founder of the Crossroads Group[5] together with John Hyde and Peter Shack he was influential in establishing the free-market or 'dry' cause in the Parliamentary wing of the Australian Liberal Party.[6] He now serves on the Boards of PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited[7] and the Australia New Zealand School of Government.[8] Additionally he is a Professional Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, and a Senior Adviser with the Boston Consulting Group,[9] and is a council member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.[10] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for "service to the community through Australian Red Cross and to the parliament."[11]


  1. ^ a b "Carlton, the Hon. James Joseph". Parlinfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Jim Carlton on The Real Issues For November 10" (PDF). Australian Adam Smith Club (Melbourne). 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Red Cross in Kosovo". The World Today (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 23 June 1999. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Kosovo, Australian Red Cross Chief In The Balkans". Australian Red Cross. 21 June 1999. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Putting the Mal contents in order". The Australian. 17 December 2001. 
  6. ^ Damien Cahill (29 September – 1 October 2004). "The radical neo-liberal movement and its impact upon Australian politics" (PDF). Australasian Political Studies Association Conference. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited". Corporate Directory. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". Australia New Zealand School of Government. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "New business with the new military". Harvard Business on line. 
  10. ^ "Our Council Members". Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours". The Courier-Mail. 11 June 2001. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bill Wentworth
Member for Mackellar
Succeeded by
Bronwyn Bishop
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Baume
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Neal Blewett