Richard Colbeck

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Richard Colbeck
Senator for Tasmania
Assumed office
4 February 2002
Preceded by Jocelyn Newman
Personal details
Born (1958-04-05) 5 April 1958 (age 56)
Myrtleford, Victoria
Political party Liberal

Richard Mansell Colbeck (born 5 April 1958), Australian politician, is a Liberal member of the Australian Senate representing Tasmania.[1] He was born in Myrtleford, Victoria, and was educated at Devonport Technical College. He was a Building estimator and supervisor, managing director and proprietor of a building consultancy before entering politics. [2]

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament[edit]

Small Business Management Certificate; Certificate in Technology (Building); Carpentry and Joinery Trade and Proficiency Certificates (Devonport Technical College). Apprentice, carpentry and joinery 1977-79; trainee estimator and supervisor 1977-79; manager 1979-84. Building estimator and supervisor 1984-89. Managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989.[1]

From 1993-1996, and from 1998-2000, Colbeck served as the president of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce. From 1998-2001, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). From 1999-2002, he was an Alderman of the Devonport City Council.[1]

Federal Senate[edit]

On 4 February 2002, Colbeck was appointed to the Federal Senate by the Governor of Tasmania under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, to fill the casual vacancy caused by the retirement of Senator the Hon Jocelyn M Newman (resigned) (term ended 30 June 2002). Colbeck was elected in 2001 (term began 1 July 2002) and re-elected in 2007.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Richard Colbeck was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in October 2004. In January 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration. [1] With the defeat of the government led by John Howard in 2007, Colbeck was appointed to the Shadow Ministry, as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health and was shifted to the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in September 2008.[3]

In September 2010, he was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.[4]