Chris Trevor

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Chris Trevor
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Flynn
In office
24 November 2007 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Ken O'Dowd
Personal details
Born (1961-06-23) 23 June 1961 (age 55)
Clermont, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Solicitor

Chris Allan Trevor (born 23 June 1961) is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Flynn from 2007 to 2010. He had previously narrowly lost a contest against veteran independent Liz Cunningham for the state seat of Gladstone at the 2006 Queensland state election.

Trevor was a solicitor in Gladstone before entering politics, and was a member of the City of Gladstone council from 2004 to 2006.[1] He was preselected as the Labor candidate for his local state seat of Gladstone at the 2006 state election, challenging conservative independent MLA Liz Cunningham. Cunningham had held the traditionally strongly Labor seat since 1995, and had established a significant margin despite her conservative views. Trevor ran a campaign tying Cunningham to the federal government's unpopular WorkChoices industrial relations laws, that while he narrowly lost, resulted in Cunningham's closest race since her initial election, 51.2% to 48%. [2]

The following year, Trevor was drafted as the Labor candidate for the new federal seat of Flynn, which included Gladstone, after a crisis-torn Labor preselection process where two previous candidates had previously been dumped or withdrawn amidst vote-rigging allegations. Flynn was notionally held by the government, and was a seat which Labor may have needed to win to gain office; as such, Labor leader Kevin Rudd publicly anointed Trevor as his preferred candidate to end the internal strife in the campaign.[3] Trevor narrowly won Flynn at the election, overcoming a National Party notional majority of 57.7% to Labor 42.3% to take the seat with 50.2% to the National Party's 49.8%[4][5]

Trevor spoke out against the way Kevin Rudd was treated by the factional leaders of the ALP during and after Rudd's deposition in June 2010, saying that he nearly quit politics as a result.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr. Chris Trevor, MP, Member for Flynn: Biography Archived 10 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Parliament of Australia)
  2. ^ "Solicitor to stand in Flynn." The Courier-Mail, 7 March 2007.
  3. ^ Skulley, Mark. "Rudd gets his man in a must-win seat." Australian Financial Review, 6 March 2007.
  4. ^ Flynn - Federal Election 2007 (ABC)
  5. ^ Qld Division - Flynn (AEC)
  6. ^ Kerri-Anne Mesner (14 July 2010). "Chris Trevor to contest election". Gladstone Observer. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Flynn
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Ken O'Dowd