Grant Chapman

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Grant Chapman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Kingston
In office
13 December 1975 – 5 March 1983
Preceded by Richard Gun
Succeeded by Gordon Bilney
Senator for South Australia
In office
11 July 1987 – 30 June 2008
Personal details
Born (1949-04-27) 27 April 1949 (age 67)[1]
North Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Relations brother in law of Roger Goldsworthy
Parents Hedley Thomas Chapman and Edith Maud Chapman nee Longmire
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Occupation Oil executive, management consultant, director

Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman (born 27 April 1949) is an Australian politician.

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Chapman was educated at Prince Alfred College[2] and the University of Adelaide and worked as a marketing executive in the oil industry and a self-employed management consultant prior to gaining Liberal Party pre-selection for the federal Division of Kingston in the House of Representatives. Elected as part of Malcolm Fraser's landslide win. In the 1980 election, Chapman held Kingston by 358 votes[3] and served in the House of Representatives until his defeat at the 1983 federal election.

Chapman expressed opposition to the development of the Franklin River Dam. After visiting the area he said: "It is a superb area. The visit reinforced my view that it would be a travesty if the dam went ahead."[4]

He unsuccessfully contested the state electorate of Fisher at the 1985 state election, but returned to federal politics in 1987 as a member of the Australian Senate representing South Australia.

In 1993, while debating a bill intended to provide minimal protection to homosexual people in the workplace, Chapman argued in defense of the employers right to sack a worker on account of his or her sexuality. He stated that "people [at work] who practise particular things that they regard as evil involves the presence in the work place of that evil".[5]

He was defeated at the 2007 election when he was third on the SA Liberal ticket but only two Liberal candidates were elected.

In September 2010, Chapman was elected unopposed as President of the Liberal Party of Australia (South Australian Division) and was re-elected unopposed in 2011 and 2012.


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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Richard Gun
Member for Kingston
Succeeded by
Gordon Bilney