Bob Cameron (Victorian politician)

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Bob Cameron opening a police station

Robert Graham Cameron (born 19 March 1963) was an Australian state politician. He represented the electorate of Bendigo West in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He served as the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrections (2006-2010 in the third Bracks Ministry and the Brumby Government).[1]

Educated in Bendigo at government schools, Cameron also attended the University of Melbourne where he obtained a law degree. He practised as a solicitor in Bendigo from 1985 until he was first elected to Parliament in 1996.[2]

In the first Bracks Ministry (1999-2002), Bob Cameron was the Minister for Local Government, WorkCover and TAC. In the second Bracks Ministry (2002-2006) he was Minister for Agriculture .[1] While Minister for Local Government, he sacked the then-controversial Melbourne City Council.[3]

In 2005, he proposed and implemented a ban on pit bull dogs, after a series of attacks by the animals which Cameron claimed were highly dangerous, a threat to children and the elderly.[4]

On 7 October 2010, Bob Cameron announced his resignation from politics. He resigned the same day as fellow minister Peter Bachelor, both resignations were unexpected at the time.

He is married with one daughter and two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Bob Cameron MP". The Premier of Victoria. Victorian Government. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cameron, Robert ('Bob') Graham". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Vic government effectively sacks Melbourne City Council". Australian Associated Press. 18 December 2000. 
  4. ^ Adam Morton (9 September 2005). "War on terrier given teeth as the law gets tough". The Age. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Max Turner
Member for Bendigo West
Succeeded by
Maree Edwards