Tom Barton (politician)

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Thomas Alfred (Tom) Barton (born 11 August 1949) is an Australian politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1992 to 2006 as the member for Waterford.

Barton was Minister for Environment & Heritage under the Goss government from 1995 to 1996. In the first Beattie government (1998–2001) he was Minister for Police & Corrective Services; under the second Beattie government (2001–2004), Minister for State Development; and Minister for Employment, Training & Industrial Relations in the third Beattie government (2004–2006).

He was also a member of the ACTU Wages Committee from 1984 to 1992 and was a founding director of sunsuper, the largest superannuation fund in Queensland.

Barton was born in Ayr, Queensland. He is a qualified tradesman and he enjoys motor racing and rugby league.

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