Terry Martin (politician)

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Terry Martin

Terence Lewis "Terry" Martin (born 4 November 1957, Hobart) is a former independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council in the Electoral division of Elwick. He is the son of former Tasmanian MHA Terry Martin, Sr..

He was first elected in May 2004 as a member of the Australian Labor Party but was expelled from the parliamentary Labor party after crossing the floor to vote against a bill concerning a pulp mill.[1] He then sat as an independent.

Prior to entering parliament he had been Mayor of Glenorchy since 1990. Even after he was elected to parliament he remained in this role until after local government elections in October 2005.

On 30 October 2009 Martin appeared in the Hobart Magistrates Court charged with having sex with a twelve-year-old girl. He pleaded not guilty.[2][3]

Martin did not nominate for re-election in 2010 and his term expired on 30 April 2010.[4]

On 21 November 2011 he was convicted of creating child pornography and having sex with a 12-year-old girl.[5] On 29 November 2011 he was handed a wholly suspended sentence, with the judge finding that the medication Martin was taking for Parkinson's Disease had been a significant factor in his actions, and stating that there was "no likelihood" that Martin would reoffend.[6]

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  1. ^ Tas MP crosses floor on pulp mill bill ABC Local Radio - PM, 29 March 2007
  2. ^ "MP facing three child sex and porn charges". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Mother charged with selling daughter, 12, for sex". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  4. ^ MLC's child-sex case Scales of Justice - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania
  5. ^ "Terry Martin guilty of sex crimes against prostitute, 12". News Limited. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Former MP Terry Martin walks free, 13". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
David Crean
Member for Elwick
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Adriana Taylor