Aplin at the Holbrook bypass open day
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
22 March 2003
|Preceded by||Ian Glachan|
9 October 1952 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town (BA Hons)|
|Awards||General Service Medal|
|Website||New South Wales Parliament webpage|
|Service/branch||British South Africa Police|
|Years of service||1975 – 1977|
|Battles/wars||Rhodesian Bush War|
Gregory John "Greg" Aplin MP (born 9 October 1952), an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Albury for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2003.
Early life and background
Aplin was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, on 9 October 1952. He studied at the University of Cape Town, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours. He worked for the Rhodesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before doing national service with the British South Africa Police between 1975 and 1977, during which time he was awarded the General Service Medal. He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was given a three years posting to Sydney. In 1980 he then returned to the newly independent Zimbabwe to work for the government in regional development, and arranging state visits.
Greg Aplin has been married to his wife Jill since 1975 and together they have four children. Aplin is a Rotarian and has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, given to members who donate US$1,000 to Rotary International.
Aplin moved to Australia in 1981 and began working in television. He worked in Wollongong, Orange, and Albury, where he became station manager of Prime Television AMV-4, a post he held for 13 years. He won a Logie Award as the Executive Producer of a television programme. In 2001, when Australia's regional television stations were centralising, he became the administration manager for the University of New South Wales School of Rural Health in Albury and Wagga Wagga. A year later he became a researcher and media adviser for Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.
When Ian Glachan announced his retirement, Aplin was preselected as the Liberal Party's candidate for the seat in the 2003 state election. He received more than 16,826 first preference votes, out polling the nearest candidate, Albury City Councillor and Independent candidate, Clare Douglas, who received 8,595 first preference votes. Another two Albury City councillors polled third and fourth, with Olympian Rob Ballard receiving 5,267 votes, and Labor Party candidate Nico Matthews receiving 4,710 votes.
Aplin was appointed to the Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management in Public Affairs Committee two months after his election to the Parliament, and is the parliamentary ambassador for Keep Australia Beautiful. He was appointed to the Public Accounts Committee in October 2005. In March 2006, Peter Debnam (who was Opposition leader at the time) promoted Aplin to the Opposition front bench as the Shadow Minister for Housing. Aplin was re-elected at the 2007 and 2011 general elections. Prior to the 2011 general election, Aplin held the shadow portfolio of Mental Health and Aboriginal Affairs. However, Aplin was not selected to join the O'Farrell ministry.
- New South Wales Parliament – Mr (Greg) Gregory John APLIN, BA(Hons) MP
- Liberal Party of Australia NSW Division – Legislative Assembly – Profile: Greg Aplin
- NSW Young Liberals Profile
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Albury