Peter Crisp

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Peter Crisp
Peter Crisp.jpg
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Mildura
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Preceded by Russell Savage
Personal details
Born (1954-05-22) 22 May 1954 (age 60)
Mildura, Victoria
Political party National Party of Australia
Children 2 daughters, 1 son
Profession Engineer

Peter Laurence Crisp (born 22 May 1954) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2006. He was formerly a Wentworth Shire Councillor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Crisp holds an engineering degree from Ballarat University and was a horticulturist and milk distributor prior to entering politics. He also served as the Chairman of the Sunraysia Citrus Growers, and was on the board of the Australian Citrus Growers.

Political career[edit]

Crisp came to prominence as the chairman of the Save the Food Bowl Alliance, a community group opposed to the Bracks Government plans to build a toxic waste dump at Nowingi, in north-west Victoria.[2] He resigned his position as chairman after winning National Party pre-selection for the local seat of Mildura, contesting the seat against the Independent Russell Savage.

Savage had held Mildura since 1996, and had polled over 50% of the primary vote in the 2002 election. Crisp was able to outpoll Savage 40% to 33% on primary vote and won the seat on preferences, a massive 25% swing against the incumbent.[3]

In January 2007 the Labor government abandoned plans to build the Nowingi waste dump after an Environmental Effects Statement recommended against the proposal, as well as acknowledging overwhelming community opposition.[4]

Crisp was the Nationals spokesperson for Public Transport and Major Projects from 2006 until February 2008 when the Nationals and Liberals entered into coalition.

Personal life[edit]

Crisp is married with three children.

Firearms charges[edit]

In early 2014, Crisp was charged with several firearms offences—including possession of a prohibited firearm and the possession of guns without a licence—after reporting the theft of three guns from his farm in New South Wales.[5] He will attend a court hearing in June, and intends to plead not guilty to the charges.[6]


Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Russell Savage
Member for Mildura