Brendan Smyth (politician)

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Brendan Smyth
Brendan Smyth Wanniassa head.jpg
Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly
In office
21 February 1998 – 15 July 2016
Serving with Wood/Burch, Hargreaves/Gentleman, Kaine/Pratt/Doszpot/Seselja/Lawder, Osborne/MacDonald/Bresnan/Wall
Constituency Brindabella
Member of the Australian Parliament for Canberra
In office
25 March 1995 – 2 March 1996
Preceded by Ros Kelly
Succeeded by Bob McMullan
Personal details
Born Brendan Michael Smyth
(1959-07-27) 27 July 1959 (age 57)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Website Profile at CanberraLiberals.org

Brendan Michael Smyth (born 27 July 1959) is a former Australian politician, who was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Brindabella for the Liberal Party from 1998 until 2016. From 2002 to 2006 Smyth was the ACT Leader of the Opposition and served briefly as the Deputy Chief Minister during 2000 and 2001. He has held the ACT portfolios Urban Services, Business, Tourism and the Arts, and Police and Emergency Services.[1]

Prior to his election to the ACT Legislative Assembly served briefly as the Member for Canberra in the Australian House of Representatives, also representing the Liberals.[1]

Career[edit]

Smyth was born in Sydney and moved to Canberra in May 1969. He worked at the National Library of Australia until 1995 when, representing the Liberal Party, he contested the 1995 by-election for the House of Representatives seat of Canberra. Normally a safe Labor seat, its previous member Ros Kelly had left under a cloud, having been forced to resign her ministry a year earlier over the sports rorts affair,[citation needed] and Smyth received a 16.1% swing to claim the seat.[2]

At the Australian federal election on 2 March 1996, Smyth contested the new federal House of Representatives seat of Namadgi, essentially the southern portion of his old seat, even though it had been drawn with a notional Labor majority of 10.9 percent. He was defeated by Labor's Annette Ellis.[3][4] To date, he is the last non-Labor member to represent an ACT-based seat.

He subsequently shifted to territory politics, winning election to the Legislative Assembly in the 1998 election representing the Tuggeranong-based multimember electorate of Brindabella.[5] He was the Opposition Leader for the ACT Liberal Party in the 2005 ACT elections, but lost the election.[1]

Smyth resigned from the ACT Legislative Assembly on 15 July 2016, to take up a newly created government position as Commissioner for International Engagement for the ACT. The ensuing casual vacancy was filled by conducting a countback of votes at the 2012 ACT election.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brendan Smyth". Member profile. Legislative Assembly for the ACT. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (25 March 1995). "By-elections 1993–1996". Australian Federal By-elections. Psephos. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Carr, Adam. "Divisions of Canberra, Fraser and Namadgi". 1996 Australian Federal Election. Psephos. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony (2007). "Canberra (electorate)". Australia Votes 2007: Electorate profiles. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 November 2007. 
  5. ^ Newman, Gerard (1998). "Research Note 37 1997–98: Against The Odds: The 1998 ACT Election". Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 14 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "MLA Brendan Smyth retires after 18 years". ABC News. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mr Brendan Smyth MLA resigns - ACT Legislative Assembly casual vacancy announced". Elections ACT. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Humphries
Opposition Leader of the Australian Capital Territory
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Bill Stefaniak
Preceded by
Trevor Kaine
ACT Minister for Urban Services
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Bill Wood
Preceded by
Kate Carnell
ACT Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Ted Quinlan
as Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism
Preceded by
Bill Stefaniak
as Minister Assisting the Attorney-General
ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Ted Quinlan
as Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections
Preceded by
Gary Humphries
Deputy Chief Minister
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Ted Quinlan
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ros Kelly
Member for Canberra
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Bob McMullan
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Louise Littlewood
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Brindabella

1998–2016
Served alongside: Wood/Burch, Hargreaves/Gentleman, Kaine/Pratt/Doszpot/Seselja/Lawder, Osborne/MacDonald/Bresnan/Wall
Succeeded by
Val Jeffery
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gary Humphries
Leader of the Australian Capital Territory Liberals
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Bill Stefaniak