Mark Robinson (Australian politician)

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Mark Robinson
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Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
17 May 2012
Preceded by Jason O'Brien
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Cleveland
Assumed office
21 March 2009
Preceded by Phil Weightman
Personal details
Born (1963-04-29) 29 April 1963 (age 51)
Traralgon, Australia
Political party Liberal National Party

Mark Andrew Robinson (born 29 April 1963) is an Australian politician who is the Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly and has held the seat of Cleveland in the Legislative Assembly for the Liberal National Party (LNP) since March 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Robinson was born in Traralgon, Victoria. His tertiary qualifications include a PhD from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts in International Studies from Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in marine biology and zoology from James Cook University. He was a lecturer, teacher and charity manager before entering politics.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In 2009, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Liberal National Party member for Cleveland.

He was appointed the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Apprenticeships and Trade Training in November 2010. Following the election of Campbell Newman as LNP Leader, Robinson was elevated to the position of Shadow Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure.[1] Following the LNP win in the general election, Robinson was one of two members of the Shadow Cabinet (the other being Ted Malone) sent to the back benches when Newman announced his first ministry on 30 March 2012.[2] The resignation of Police Minister David Gibson two weeks after the full ministry was sworn sparked a mini-reshuffle that resulted in the LNP's announced nominee for Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees, Glen Elmes, promoted to Cabinet, and Robinson was announced as his replacement.[3] He was formally elected to the role on 17 May 2012.


  1. ^ "Dr Mark Andrew Robinson". Queensland Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Judith (2 April 2012). "Robinson misses out on cabinet". Bayside Bulletin. 
  3. ^ Wardill, Steven (17 April 2012). "Campbell Newman dumps Police Minister David Gibson over allegations he drove while license suspended". Courier Mail. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Phil Weightman
Member for Cleveland