Wyatt Roy

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Wyatt Roy
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Longman
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Jon Sullivan
Majority 7.7%
Personal details
Born (1990-05-22) 22 May 1990 (age 24)
Buderim, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Website http://www.wyattroy.com.au/

Wyatt Beau Roy (born 22 May 1990) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since August 2010, representing the electorate of Longman.[1] At 20 years of age, he was the youngest person ever to be elected to an Australian parliament. The federal record was previously held by Edwin Corboy, who was 22 when elected in 1918.

Personal life[edit]

Roy was raised on a strawberry farm north of Brisbane. He has two older half-brothers and a younger sister.[2] Roy attended Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast, and studied at Melbourne's La Trobe University before returning to his home state to study political science and international relations at the University of Queensland. He has yet to complete his degree.[3]

2010 election[edit]

Prior to the election, there was speculation that the Liberal National Party did not want Roy endorsed as the candidate for Longman, because of his youth. However, both Liberal leader Tony Abbott and Nationals leader Warren Truss publicly endorsed Roy.[4][5]

Roy's campaign was not without incident. His electoral success may have been helped by a gaffe made by his Labor opponent and incumbent member, Jon Sullivan. In the closing week of the 2010 federal election campaign, Sullivan gained national media attention due to a blunder where he criticised the father of a seven-year-old child with a disability for waiting two years on a Queensland Health waiting list, responding to a question at a candidates' forum with a counter-question.[6] Sullivan apologised to the father at the first available opportunity[7] and dismissed the significance of the gaffe, in the days following his defeat.[8] A week earlier, one of Roy's campaign volunteers was involved in an incident, captured on video. The footage shows a member of Roy's campaign team hitting a Labor supporter in the face while campaigning. The LNP claimed the attack was provoked and brought about by the Labor campaign worker holding a giant L-plate sign next to a poster of Roy.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=M2X aph.gov.au Commonwealth of Australia
  2. ^ Maley, Jacqueline (2013-08-31). "No mother's boy". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ Barrett, Rosanne (2010-08-24). "Youngest MP not all about money". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ Nancarrow, Dan (2010-06-15). "Abbott backs political tyro Wyatt Roy". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ Singer, Melissa; Mitchell, Alex (2010-08-22). "About a Roy: Wyatt set to be youngest ever MP". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ Dickinson, Alex (2010-08-20). "MP Jon Sullivan jeered after 'cruel' words to father of disabled child". The Courier-Mail (News Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Candice (2010-08-20). "Longman MP apologises for disabilities remark". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Glenn (2010-08-24). "Sullivan denies gaffe was to blame". Caboolture Shire Herald (News Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  9. ^ Tatnell, Paul (2010-08-16). "Wyatt's gunning to be youngest MP at 20 ... but saves the marginal punch lines". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-26. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Jon Sullivan
Member for Longman
2010–present
Incumbent