Craig Farrell (politician)

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The Honourable
Craig Farrell
Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Derwent
Assumed office
7 May 2011
Preceded by Michael Aird
Personal details
Born Craig Maxwell Farrell
(1964-01-28) 28 January 1964 (age 54)
Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor Party
Occupation Television presenter, television sales executive, real estate representative

Craig Maxwell Farrell (born 28 January 1964) is an Australian politician, and a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council representing the seat of Derwent for the Labor Party.

Farrell was elected to the Legislative Council in a by-election on 7 May 2011 following the resignation of Michael Aird in 2010. He also served as a councillor and Deputy Mayor of Derwent Valley Council until October 2011,[1] and was an electoral officer in the New Norfolk office of federal MP Dick Adams.[2] In February 2012 he stood down as president of the Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society but remained on the board.[3][4]

On his first day in Parliament, Farrell was appointed Deputy Leader of Government Business in the Upper House.[5] A year later he was appointed Leader of Government Business in the Upper House on the retirement of the incumbent, Doug Parkinson.[6]

In the 1980s, Farrell hosted The Cartoon Company, a Saturday morning cartoon programming block on TasTV, with a costumed character called "Boss Poss".[7] From the 1990s he was variously a television sales executive and real estate representative.


  1. ^ Labor backs deputy mayor for Derwent, ABC News, 4 December 2011.
  2. ^ Neales, Sue: Ballot box fatigue in Derwent, The Mercury, 4 May 2011.
  3. ^ Jackson, Trevor: Choo-choo, my coo-ca-choo, ABC Tasmania, 31 January 2005.
  4. ^
  5. ^ New MLC's $40,000 cushion, Mercury website.
  6. ^ MP's $40,000 jackpot, Mercury website.
  7. ^ Warburton, Annie (30 April 2012). "Craig Farrell choofs on down the Derwent Valley line". 936 ABC Hobart. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Michael Aird
Member for Derwent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nick McKim
Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection
Succeeded by
Vanessa Goodwin
Minister for Sustainable Transport
Ministry abolished