Peter Crisp

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Peter Crisp
MP
Peter Crisp.jpg
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Mildura
Incumbent
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
Profession Engineer
Website petercrisp.net.au

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 before 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's 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 more than 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 25-point 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]

References[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Russell Savage
Member for Mildura
2006–present
Incumbent