David Gillespie (politician)

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The Honourable Dr
David Gillespie
MP
Assistant Minister for Health
Assumed office
24 January 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Himself
(as Assistant Minister for Rural Health)
Assistant Minister for Rural Health
In office
19 July 2016 – 24 January 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Fiona Nash
(as Minister for Rural Health)
Succeeded by Himself
(as Assistant Minister for Health)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lyne
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Rob Oakeshott
Personal details
Born David Arthur Gillespie
(1957-12-20) 20 December 1957 (age 59)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party The Nationals
Spouse(s) Charlotte Gillespie
Children 3
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Gastroenterologist
Website Official website

David Arthur Gillespie (born 20 December 1957) is an Australian politician. He has been a Nationals member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Lyne in New South Wales, since September 2013. Gillespie served as the Assistant Minister for Rural Health between July 2016 and January 2017 and has served as the Assistant Minister for Health since January 2017.

Career[edit]

Gillespie was born in Canberra.[1] He was a gastroenterologist for twenty years and, up until the 2013 election, was the director of physician training at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.[2]

In 2010, he contested the seat of Lyne for the first time, representing the Nationals. His opponent, independent member Rob Oakeshott, defeated him; however, the Nationals received a 10-point swing. Following Oakeshott's retirement at the 2013 federal election, Gillespie contested the seat again and won. This was not an upset; Lyne was still a comfortably safe National seat in a traditional two-party matchup, and it was taken for granted that it would revert to the Nationals once Oakeshott retired.[3]

With the re-election of the Turnbull Government at the 2016 federal election, Gillespie was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Rural Health in the first arrangement of the Second Turnbull ministry[4] and was promoted as the Assistant Minister for Health in a subsequent rearrangement of the ministry in January 2017.[5]

Personal[edit]

Gillespie is married to Charlotte, and they have three children.[6] The family lives at Sancrox, west of Port Macquarie.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr David Gillespie MP, Parliament of Australia.
  2. ^ a b Green, Antony (15 September 2013). "Lyne Results". Federal Election 2013. Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "David Gillespie Candidate for Lyne". National Party of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Stephanie (20 July 2016). "Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull unveils ministry with Christopher Pyne, Greg Hunt on the move". ABC News. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "New federal ministers officially sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Townsend, Samantha (7 September 2013). "Nationals candidate David Gillespie tipped to take Lyne". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Rob Oakeshott
Member for Lyne
2013–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Fiona Nash
as Minister for Rural Health
Assistant Minister for Rural Health
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Himself
as Assistant Minister for Health
Preceded by
Himself
as Assistant Minister for Rural Health
Assistant Minister for Health
2017–present
Incumbent