Stephen Smith (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith.jpg
Minister for Defence
In office
13 September 2010 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by John Faulkner
Succeeded by David Johnston
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
3 December 2007 – 13 September 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by Alexander Downer
Succeeded by Kevin Rudd
Minister for Trade
In office
28 June 2010 – 13 September 2010
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Preceded by Simon Crean
Succeeded by Craig Emerson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Perth
In office
13 March 1993 – 7 September 2013
Preceded by Ric Charlesworth
Succeeded by Alannah MacTiernan
Personal details
Born Stephen Francis Smith
(1955-12-12) 12 December 1955 (age 58)
Narrogin, Australia
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jane Seymour
Children 2
Alma mater University of Western Australia
University of London

Stephen Francis Smith (born 12 December 1955) was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 to August 2013, representing the Division of Perth, Western Australia. His last ministerial appointment was the Minister for Defence.

Smith was born in Narrogin, Western Australia, and was educated at CBC Highgate, the University of Western Australia and the University of London, where he earned a master's degree in law. He was a solicitor, lecturer and tutor before entering politics. He was principal private secretary to the Western Australian Attorney-General, Joe Berinson 1983–87 and State Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party 1987–90[1] From 1990 to 1993 he was an adviser to Paul Keating, first as Treasurer, then as Prime Minister. He was instrumental in securing caucus support in order for Keating to defeat Bob Hawke for the Labor Party leadership in 1990 and thereby allowing Keating to ascend to the prime ministership.[2]

Career[edit]

Stephen Smith was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from March 1996 until the November 2007 elections, which were won by the Labor party. He was Shadow Minister for Trade 1996–97, for Resources and Energy 1997–98, for Communications 1998–2001, Health and Ageing 2001–03 and Immigration 2003–04. He was Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations from October 2004 until December 2006, when he was appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

During the leadership crisis in the Labor Party in 2003, Smith was a prominent supporter of his fellow Western Australian, Kim Beazley. As early as 2002 his name had been mentioned as a possible future leader.[3] He again supported Beazley in the leadership contest which followed the resignation of Mark Latham in January 2005, which saw Beazley return to the leadership.

Smith was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs in Kevin Rudd's cabinet on 3 December following Labor's win in the 2007 election,[4] and when Julia Gillard took over from Kevin Rudd as prime minister in June 2010, she added Minister for Trade to Smith's portfolio.[5] After the 2010 Federal election Smith was appointed to the vacant Defence portfolio, while Rudd and Craig Emerson were appointed to the Foreign Affairs and Trade ministries, respectively.[6]

Following Kevin Rudd's return to the leadership of the ALP and as prime minister, on 27 June 2013 Smith announced he would not be a candidate at the 2013 federal election.[7]

Smith was appointed Winthrop Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia on 29 April 2014.[8]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Smith – elected secretary of the WA branch of ALP Labor voice, Vol.9, no.4 (July/Aug 1987), p.1,
  2. ^ Watson, Don (2003). Recollections of a Bleeding Heart. Australia: Vintage Books. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-74166-827-8. 
  3. ^ "Simon Crean's winter of discontent". News Weekly (National Civic Council). 13 June 2002. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  4. ^ Rudd hands out portfolios, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 29 November 2007.
  5. ^ Rodgers, Emma (28 June 2010). "Rudd left out of Gillard's reshuffle". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  6. ^ "The Gillard ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Emma (27 June 2013). "Defence Minister Stephen Smith to retire from politics". ABC News. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Smith joins throng of ex-pollies in uni jobs". The Australian. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Stephen Smith – biographical information, appointed senior adviser to Paul Keating Labor voice, Vol.12, no.4 (Dec 1990), p. 1–2.
  • Stephen Smith – former W.A. A.L.P. state secretary moves to Paul Keating's staff Australian Business, 5 Dec. 1990, p. 30

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ric Charlesworth
Member of Parliament for
Perth

1993–2013
Succeeded by
Alannah MacTiernan
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Downer
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by
Simon Crean
Minister for Trade
2010
Succeeded by
Craig Emerson
Preceded by
John Faulkner
Minister for Defence
2010–2013
Succeeded by
David Johnston