Robert Tickner

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The Honourable
Robert Tickner
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
In office
4 April 1990 – 11 March 1996
Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded by Gerry Hand
Succeeded by John Herron
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hughes
In office
18 February 1984 – 2 March 1996
Preceded by Les Johnson
Succeeded by Danna Vale
Personal details
Born (1951-12-24) 24 December 1951 (age 62)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Lecturer, solicitor

Robert Edward Tickner (born 24 December 1951) is an Australian politician. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Red Cross in February 2005.

Tickner was born in Sydney and educated at the University of Sydney. Prior to entering parliament, he worked as a university lecturer at the University of New South Wales and a solicitor for the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service. From 1977 to 1984 he was a Councillor on the Sydney City Council.[1]

After failing to gain election at the 1981 Wentworth by-election, Tickner was successful at the 1984 Hughes by-election as a Labor MP. He was Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1990 to 1996. His tenure in office was marred by the Hindmarsh Island bridge controversy. Partly due to this affair, he was resoundingly defeated in the 1996 election by Liberal challenger Danna Vale, suffering an 11-point swing. He was one of three ministers in the Paul Keating government to lose his seat.[1]

In 2001, his book Taking a Stand: Land Rights to Reconciliation was published.[citation needed]

He is the chief executive of the Australian Red Cross.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Biography for Tickner, the Hon. Robert Edward". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Sean (20 February 2009). "Red Cross abandons annual appeal". ABC Online. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Les Johnson
Member for Hughes
1984 –1996
Succeeded by
Danna Vale