John Cobb (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
John Cobb
John Cobb (MP).jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Calare
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded by Peter Andren
Majority 15.97% (2013)[1]
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parkes
In office
10 November 2001 – 24 November 2007
Preceded by Tony Lawler
Succeeded by Mark Coulton
Personal details
Born (1950-02-11) 11 February 1950 (age 64)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party
Website www.johncobb.com.au

John Kenneth Cobb (born 11 February 1950), Australian politician, has been a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001 representing the Division of Parkes, New South Wales and the Division of Calare since 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Cobb was born in Bathurst, son of Lee and Mary Cobb,[2] and was raised on the family property near Mount Hope, New South Wales.[3]

Career[edit]

Pre-political career[edit]

From the 1980s until his candidacy for Federal Parliament, Cobb was active in, and spent three years as President of, the New South Wales Farmers Association, a lobby group representing farmers and rural and regional communities.[4] He also continued to farm the family property.

Political career[edit]

Cobb was elected to the House of Representatives from the Division of Parkes, a safe National Party seat, at the 2001 federal election.

In July 2005, Cobb was appointed to the Ministry as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, but soon after was reshuffled to the Community Services portfolio.

John Cobb moved to the neighbouring seat of Calare at the 2007 election after the popular independent member Peter Andren retired. The Liberal-National Party Coalition lost the election, however Cobb won the seat of Calare. He was chosen by new Opposition leader Brendan Nelson to be a member of the shadow ministry, as the spokesperson on Regional Development and Water Security.[5] He was re-elected at the 2010 election and in September 2010 was appointed Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.[6]

Following the 2013 federal election, Cobb nominated as deputy leader of the National Party, but was defeated by Barnaby Joyce, the newly elected member of New England. Cobb was not appointed to the Abbott Ministry.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cobb in married and has seven daughters.[2][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calare, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cobb, John (14 February 2002). "House of Representatives Debates" (PDF). Hansard. Parliament of Australia. p. 213. 
  3. ^ "Biography". The Honourable John Cobb MP: Your Member for Parkes. Retrieved January 2008. 
  4. ^ New South Wales Farmers Federation, Who We Are and What We Do, retrieved January 2008.
  5. ^ Parliament of Australia, Shadow Ministry, 6 December 2007, retrieved January 2008
  6. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/Library/parl/43/Shadow/index.htm
  7. ^ Colley, Clare (16 September 2013). "Cobb overlooked for ministry". Western Advocate. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Schubert, Misha (21 October 2006). "Cobb denies disability comment". The Age. 

External links[edit]

  • Parliament of Australia, Hon. John Cobb MP, official Parliament website biography, retrieved January 2008
  • Search or browse Hansard for John_Cobb at OpenAustralia.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter McGauran
Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Amanda Vanstone
as Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Preceded by
Kay Patterson
as Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister for Community Services
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Nigel Scullion
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tony Lawler
Member for Parkes
2001 – 2007
Succeeded by
Mark Coulton
Preceded by
Peter Andren
Member for Calare
2007–present
Incumbent