Nick McKim

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Nick McKim
MP
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Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Franklin
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 July 2002
Serving with Ross Butler (2008–2010); Lara Giddings (2002–present); Will Hodgman (2002–present); Daniel Hulme (2009–2010); David O'Byrne (2010–present); Jacquie Petrusma (2010–present)
Preceded by Paul Lennon; Paula Wriedt
Leader of the Greens in Tasmania
In office
7 July 2008 – 7 April 2014
Deputy Tim Morris
Preceded by Peg Putt
Succeeded by Kim Booth
Minister for Human Services
In office
21 April 2010 – 11 November 2010
Preceded by Lin Thorp
Succeeded by Cassy O'Connor
Minister for Community Development
In office
21 April 2010 – 11 November 2010
Preceded by (new office)
Succeeded by Cassy O'Connor
Minister for Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy
In office
21 April 2010 – 31 May 2011
Preceded by (new office)
Succeeded by Alternative Energy subsumed back into Energy portfolio
Corrections and Consumer Protection
In office
21 April 2010 – 17 January 2014
Preceded by Lisa Singh
Succeeded by Craig Farrell
Minister for Climate Change
In office
21 April 2010 – 13 May 2011
Preceded by (new office)
Succeeded by Cassy O'Connor
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
In office
21 April 2010 – 13 May 2011
Preceded by (new office)
Succeeded by Cassy O'Connor
Minister for Education and Skills
In office
13 May 2011 – 17 January 2014
Preceded by Lin Thorp
Succeeded by Brian Wightman
Minister for Sustainable Transport
In office
13 May 2011 – 17 January 2014
Preceded by (new office)
Succeeded by Craig Farrell
Personal details
Born (1965-06-11) 11 June 1965 (age 49)
London, England, UK
Nationality Australian
Political party Tasmanian Greens
Domestic partner Cassy O'Connor

Nicholas (Nick) James McKim (born 11 June 1965 in London)[1] is an Australian politician. He has been a Tasmanian Greens member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly since the 2002 election, representing the Franklin electorate and led the party from 2008 until 2014. On 21 April 2010, he became the first member of the Greens in an any Australian ministry.

Background[edit]

As a five year old, McKim emigrated with his family from the UK to Tasmania. He attended the Hutchins School, Kingston High School, then Hobart College.[citation needed] He had a younger brother who was killed by falling off a cliff in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania in the late 1970s. He lived for a number of years in Adelaide, South Australia before moving to Tasmania.[citation needed] Before entering parliament, McKim worked as a wilderness guide and advertising executive.[2][3]

McKim served time in prison after being arrested during the Farmhouse Creek Blockade in the early 1980s.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

Elected the multi-member constituency of Franklin at the 2002 election, McKim was re-elected at the 2006 election, receiving 15.93 per cent of first preferences, an increase compared to his previous vote of 12.59%. He replaced Peg Putt as Leader of the Tasmanian Greens when Putt retired from Parliament in 2008.

McKim supported the government in passing the same sex relationships bill (which recognises same sex relationships in Tasmania under common law) and has promoted the Greens' own Same-Sex Marriage Bill.[citation needed] During 2008, he campaigned heavily against the use of 1080 poison, forestry practices and the state's anti-terrorism bill.[3]

In the 2010 Tasmanian election McKim achieved 24.1% of first preferences in his lower house seat.[5] On 19 April 2010, Labor Premier David Bartlett agreed to appoint McKim as a Minister along with Cassy O'Connor as Cabinet Secretary.[6]

As a Minister, McKim originally held the portfolios of Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy, Corrections and Consumer Protection, Climate Change, Human Services, and Community Development: though he delegated responsibility for the portfolios of Human Services and Community Development to fellow Greens MP and then Cabinet Secretary Cassy O'Connor.[7] After a Cabinet reshuffle in November 2010 the portfolios of Human Services and Community Development were formally assumed by newly appointed Greens Minister Cassy O'Connor, whilst McKim was sworn in as Minister for the newly created Aboriginal Affairs portfolio alongside his other three portfolios.[8] Another Cabinet reshuffle, caused by Lin Thorp losing her seat in the Tasmanian Legislative Council elections and David Bartlett resigning from the Assembly, then saw McKim sworn in on 13 May 2011 as Minister for the portfolio of Education and Skills, whilst retaining the portfolios of Corrections and Consumer Protection, and Sustainable Transport.[9]

On 16 January 2014, Premier Lara Giddings announced that the power sharing arrangement with the Tasmanian Greens was over, and that McKim and O'Connor would be replaced by Labor MPs, effective 17 January. She said that the ALP would not govern with Greens in the cabinet in future.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2009, McKim confirmed he was in a relationship with Cassy O'Connor, also a Tasmanian Greens Member of the House of Assembly.[11]

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tasmanian Parliamentary profile – Nick McKim". Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Neales, Sue (21 April 2010). "Time to take the helm". The Mercury. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "McKim's Green evolution". The Mercury. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Nick McKIM MP Electorate: FRANKLIN Inaugural speech". Parliament of Tasmania website. Government of Tasmania. 25 September 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.electoral.tas.gov.au/pages/HouseOfAssembly/HoA2010/Results/Franklin/FranklinFirst.html
  6. ^ "Greens, Bartlett reach last-minute compromise". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 20 April 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ministerial Portfolios Set Exciting Challenge". Tasmanian Greens MPs. Tasmanian Parliamentary Greens. April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Greens take second Tasmanian ministry". The Age (Fairfax Media). 11 November 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mix-and-match Cabinet". The Mercury (News Limited). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Giddings removes Greens from Tasmanian Cabinet". Radio National. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Wels, Peter (4 July 2009). "Green MPs pair off". The Examiner. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

Tasmanian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Lennon
Paula Wriedt
Member for Franklin
2002–present
Served alongside: Ross Butler (2008–2010)
Lara Giddings (2002–present)
Will Hodgman (2002–present)
Daniel Hulme (2009–2010)
David O'Byrne (2010–present)
Jacquie Petrusma (2010–present)
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Lin Thorp
Minister for Human Services
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Cassy O'Connor
Preceded by
Michelle O'Byrne
Minister for Community Development
2010–2011
New ministry Minister for Climate Change
2010–2011
New ministry Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
2010–2011
New ministry Minister for Sustainable Transport and Alternative Energy
2010–2011
Portfolio abrogated
Preceded by
Lisa Singh
Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Craig Farrell
New ministry Minister for Sustainable Transport
2011–2014
Preceded by
Lin Thorp
Minister for Education and Skills
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Brian Wightman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Peg Putt
Leader of the Tasmanian Greens
2008–2014
Succeeded by
Kim Booth