Stephen Robertson (politician)

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The Honourable
Stephen Robertson
Minister for Energy and Water Utilities of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Premier Anna Bligh
Preceded by Geoff Wilson (Energy)
Craig Wallace (Water)
Succeeded by Mark McArdle (Energy & Water Supply)
Minister for Health of Queensland
In office
28 July 2005 – 26 March 2009
Premier Peter Beattie
Anna Bligh
Preceded by Gordon Nuttall
Succeeded by Paul Lucas
Minister for Emergency Services of Queensland
In office
16 December 1998 – 22 February 2001
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Merri Rose
Succeeded by Mike Reynolds
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy of Queensland
In office
22 February 2001 – 28 July 2005
Premier Peter Beattie
Preceded by Rod Welford (Natural Resources)
Tony McGrady (Mines and Energy)
Succeeded by Geoff Wilson
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Stretton
In office
21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Freya Ostapovich
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Sunnybank
In office
19 September 1992 – 21 March 2009
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Judy Spence
Personal details
Political party Australian Labor Party

Stephen Robertson (born 14 February 1962), Australian politician, is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland who represented the electoral district of Stretton for the Australian Labor Party. He was the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade in the cabinet of Premier Anna Bligh. He had previously held the positions of Minister for Health (2005–2009) and Minister for Emergency Services (1999–2001).[1]

Robertson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the School of Modern Asian Studies.[2] He joined the Australian Labor Party in 1978,[1] and prior to his election to parliament was State Secretary and National President of the United Firefighters Union of Australia.[2]

He was first elected to the Queensland Parliament in the 1992 Queensland state election for the new electoral district of Sunnybank. He was appointed to Peter Beattie's cabinet as Minister for Emergency Services on 16 December 1999. From 22 February 2001 he was transferred to the Natural Resources and Mines portfolios, also taking on the Energy portfolio from 12 February 2004. On 28 July 2005 he became Minister for Health, but resumed his former position of Minister for Natural Resources, Mines, Energy and Trade after a cabinet reshuffle in March 2009.[3] In 2011 he was appointed Minister for Energy and Water Utilities.

He is a member of Labor's left-wing faction, and at one stage had Graham Perrett, the current federal Member for Moreton, working for him. He retired prior to the 2012 Queensland state election. Labor preselection in his seat of Stretton was subsequently won by Duncan Pegg, but the seat was won by the LNP's Freya Ostapovitch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robertson, Hon Stephen, Queensland Parliament House – Member information, 30 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Robertson MP, Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland Government, 1 July 2009.
  3. ^ Rosemary Odgers and Patrick Lion: Anna Bligh tells new ministers to get straight to work, The Courier-Mail, 24 March 2009.

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Parliament of Queensland
New division Member for Sunnybank
1992–2001
Succeeded by
Judy Spence
New division Member for Stretton
2001–2012
Succeeded by
Freya Ostapovich