Bob Woods

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The Honourable
Dr Bob Woods
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lowe
In office
11 July 1987 – 13 March 1993
Preceded by Michael Maher
Succeeded by Mary Easson
Senator for New South Wales
In office
8 March 1994 – 7 March 1997
Preceded by Bronwyn Bishop
Succeeded by Marise Payne
Personal details
Born (1947-04-13) 13 April 1947 (age 71)
London, England
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Occupation Cancer specialist
Profession Medical practitioner

Robert Leslie "Bob" Woods (born 13 April 1947) is an Australian former politician. He was a Liberal Senator for the state of New South Wales in Australia between 1993 and 1997. Woods was previously a Member of the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Lowe between 1987 and 1993. Woods served as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Family Services between 1996 and 1997.

Early life[edit]

Born in London, England, he attended the University of London and then (having moved to Australia) the University of Sydney. He became a doctor and cancer specialist and then served as an Advisor to the Minister for Health, Dr Michael Wooldridge.


In 1987, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Lowe, defeating Labor MP Michael Maher. He held the seat until his defeat in 1993 by Labor's Mary Easson. The following year, however, he was appointed to the Australian Senate as a Senator for New South Wales following the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop, who was transferring to the House of Representatives. In 1996, when the Liberal/National Coalition won government, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Family Services.

On 3 February 1997, Woods announced he would be resigning from the Senate in March, citing the need to spend more time with his family;[1] he resigned on 7 March 1997. It later emerged that allegations of misuse of parliamentary privileges and revelations concerning his personal life forced his resignation.[2]

He married a daughter of another senator, Sir John Carrick.


  1. ^ Grubel, James (5 July 2002). "Analysis: Politics and private lives". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bronwyn Bishop
Senator for New South Wales
1994 – 1997
Succeeded by
Marise Payne
Preceded by
Michael Maher
Member for Lowe
1987 – 1993
Succeeded by
Mary Easson