Bob Halverson

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The Honourable
Bob Halverson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Casey
In office
1 December 1984 – 31 August 1998
Preceded by Peter Steedman
Succeeded by Michael Wooldridge
22nd Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
In office
30 April 1996 – 3 March 1998
Preceded by Stephen Martin
Succeeded by Ian Sinclair
Personal details
Born (1937-10-22)22 October 1937
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 9 February 2016(2016-02-09) (aged 78)
Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation RAAF Officer (Group Captain)
Military service
Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1956–1981
Rank Group Captain

Robert George "Bob" Halverson OBE (22 October 1937 – 9 February 2016) was an Australian politician, air force officer and diplomat.

Born in Melbourne, he served in the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Air Force from 1956 to 1981, holding the rank of Group Captain, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1978.

In 1984, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Casey. On the election of the Howard Liberal Government in 1996, Halverson was appointed Speaker of the House, a position he held until his resignation in March 1998. He retired from politics at the 1998 election and was appointed the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, which he remained until 2003, when he was succeeded by John Herron.[1] He died of cancer in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Ex-federal speaker Bob Halverson dies". Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Stephen Martin
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Ian Sinclair
Preceded by
Peter Steedman
Member for Casey
Succeeded by
Michael Wooldridge
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward Stevens
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See and Australian Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
John Herron