Grant Tambling

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Grant Tambling
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Northern Territory
In office
18 October 1980 – 5 March 1983
Preceded by Sam Calder
Succeeded by John Reeves
Senator for Northern Territory
In office
11 July 1987 – 9 November 2001
Preceded by Bernie Kilgariff
Succeeded by Nigel Scullion
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
1 November 2003 – 7 August 2007
Preceded by Michael Stephens
Succeeded by Owen Walsh
Personal details
Born (1943-06-20) 20 June 1943 (age 75)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Spouse(s) Sandy Tambling

Grant Ernest John Tambling, AM (born 20 June 1943) is an Australian politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1983 and then a Senator for the Northern Territory from 1987 to 2001, representing the Country Liberal Party. He later served as Administrator of Norfolk Island from 2003 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

Tambling was born and raised in Darwin in the Northern Territory. He attended Darwin High School and Adelaide Boys' High School, returning to Darwin before moving to Sydney for work.[1]


After a stint in local government on the Darwin City Council, Tambling was elected to the first Northern Territory Legislative Assembly as the Country Liberal Party member for Fannie Bay. Tambling served as Executive Member for Community Development in this first parliament. Executive members were the equivalent of ministers in later years, though that title was not used until self-government was granted in 1978.[2]

In 1975 he became deputy leader of the CLP and hence Deputy Majority Leader (deputy premier) under Majority Leader Goff Letts. Despite this, Tambling was defeated at the 1977 election by Labor Party candidate Pam O'Neil, and began a career in business. He served as the member for the Northern Territory electorate in the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1983, but was again defeated by an ALP rival, John Reeves.[2]

After four years out of parliament, Tambling was once again elected—this time to the Senate—at the 1987 federal election. He replaced Bernie Kilgariff whom he had earlier replaced as Deputy Majority leader. He is the only Territorian to have served in both houses of federal parliament. He spent fourteen years as a Senator, six of them as a parliamentary secretary, before being disendorsed by the CLP at the 2001 election for voting in favour of anti-Internet gaming legislation.[3] Tambling subsequently retired from politics and worked for two years in private consultancy.

Norfolk Island[edit]

Tambling was appointed as the Administrator of Norfolk Island from 1 November 2003 to September 2007.

Personal life[edit]

He is married with two children.[2]


  1. ^ Davey, Paul. "TAMBLING, Grant Ernest John (1943 - )" (PDF). Territory Stories. Northern Territory Library. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Administrator of Norfolk Island Archived 20 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine..
  3. ^ ABC News on 2001 Election disendorsement
Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Stephens
Administrator of Norfolk Island
Succeeded by
Owen Walsh
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
New seat Member for Fannie Bay
Succeeded by
Pam O'Neil
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sam Calder
Member for Northern Territory
Succeeded by
John Reeves
Preceded by
Bernie Kilgariff
Senator for the Northern Territory
Served alongside: Bob Collins, Trish Crossin
Succeeded by
Nigel Scullion