Gary Hardgrave

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The Honourable
Gary Hardgrave
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
1 July 2014 – 31 March 2017
Preceded by Neil Pope
Succeeded by Eric Hutchinson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Moreton
In office
2 March 1996 – 24 November 2007
Preceded by Garrie Gibson
Succeeded by Graham Perrett
Personal details
Born (1960-01-05) 5 January 1960 (age 58)
Caringbah, Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater Griffith University
Occupation Broadcaster

Gary Douglas Hardgrave (born 5 January 1960) is an Australian politician who from July 2014 to March 2017 was Administrator of Norfolk Island.[1] Hardgrave is also a company director as well as appearing on radio and television.

Hardgrave was the Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 until 2007, representing the Division of Moreton, Queensland. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and was educated at Griffith University, Queensland. In the 1970s he began his career as a radio broadcaster, and a TV reporter firstly with the award winning Australian children's television show Wombat between 1979 and 1982. Between 1982 and 1986 he reported for award-winning Queensland TV programme State Affair, in 1987 for ABC TV's The 7.30 Report before returning to BTQ 7 in 1988 as a senior reporter for Carroll at Seven. In 1989 he was the founding news director for SEA-FM Gold Coast and later worked as a media adviser to Liberal politicians, before entering politics.

Hardgrave initially ran for election to the Queensland state seat of Sunnybank in the 1992 election, but lost. He contested Moreton successfully at the 1996 federal election against Labor incumbent Garrie Gibson, going on to retain the seat in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Hardgrave served as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 2001 to 2004, Minister for Vocational and Technical Education between October 2004 to early 2007 and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 7 October 2003 to 30 January 2007.[2] On 23 January 2007, Hardgrave was axed from the ministry and returned to the backbench.[3]

Hardgrave lost his seat to Graham Perrett in the 2007 election.

In March 2008, Gary returned to media and corporate activities. From January 2011 he hosted talk-back in Brisbane. From 2011 he made regular contributions to Sky News Agenda and Paul Murray Live programmes as well as regular appearances on the Nine Network Today show and A Current Affair.

Since leaving Parliament, Hardgrave graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course and served on a variety of company and community boards including Brisbane Airport Corporation and TAFE Queensland.

In January 2014, Gary left full-time radio but commenced a weekly column in the Queensland Sunday Mail newspaper before resigning media and corporate activities in June 2014.

On the advice of the Abbott Government, Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove appointed Hardgrave as the 37th Administrator of the Australian External Territory of Norfolk Island.[4] His term commenced on 1 July 2014, and he was Administrator when Norfolk Island lost its self-governing status.


  1. ^ Briggs, Jamie. "Appointment of Norfolk Island Administrator". Department of Infrastructure. Australian Government. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Part 6 - Historical information on the Australian Parliament". Parliament of Australia Parlinfo Search. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Hawthorne, Maria; Peters, Denis (23 January 2007). "Fifth poll win a big ask, PM says". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  4. ^ Owens, Jared (17 June 2014). "Norfolk Island appointee Gary Hardgrave faces reform challenge". The Australian. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Garrie Gibson
Member for Moreton
Succeeded by
Graham Perrett
Political offices
New ministry Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter McGauran
Preceded by
Brendan Nelson
as Minister for Education, Science and Training
Minister for Vocational and Technical Education
Succeeded by
Andrew Robb
Government offices
Preceded by
Neil Pope
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Eric Hutchinson