|Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly|
18 February 1995 – 20 October 2001
|Succeeded by||Vicki Dunne|
|Member of the ACT House of Assembly|
June 1975 – 1986
|Born||24 February 1942|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia
Harold James Hird (born 24 February 1942), an Australian politician, was a member of the unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Ginninderra for the Liberal Party of Australia from 1995 to 2001. Hird also served in the elected ACT House of Assembly (a predecessor to the ACT Legislative Assembly), representing the electoral district of Fraser, from 1975 until 1985 for the Liberal Party; and as an independent Speaker from 1985 to 1986. Hird is currently employed at Bunnings in Belconnen, ACT.
Hird was a member of the ACT House of Assembly from 1975–1986; the last twelve months he served as Speaker.. When the House was dissolved in 1986 into make way for the Legislative Assembly, Hird's ran for election at the 1989 general election as an independent candidate, but he was unsuccessful. Hird ran again, leading a ticket called 'The Better Management – An Independent Team', with seven other candidates in 1992, and was again unsuccessful. On his third attempt running for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Hird was successgul in 1995, this time as a candidate for the Liberal Party.
At the request of the ACT Chief Minister, in 1996 the ACT Auditor General completed an inquiry that provided guidelines to the Territory government for commercial dealings with companies, partnerships or individuals who are partners of family members of Members of the Assembly. The inquiry came about due to an auction of taxi plates that yielded $0.57m below budget expectation. The auctioneer for the plates was Harold Hird and Associates. The Auditor-General found that the selection of the auctioneer followed due process. The Auditor-General also found that as there were no established guidelines for Ministers, Members of the Assembly, nor public servants in how to act in such matters. Recommendations were made to establish a Code of Conduct.
Hird was re-elected at the 1998 general election. At the 2001 general election, Hird ran again for the Liberal Party but was unsuccessful in retaining his seat for the party. Vicki Dunne was elected as the second Liberal candidate for Ginninderra. Following the announcement of the election result in 2001, Hird sought a recount of the votes in the electorate of Ginninderra. Hird was 55 votes behind fellow Liberal Party candidate, Dunne, at the point at which one of the two candidates had to be excluded. Hird’s request for a recount was rejected by both the Electoral Commissioner and, on appeal, the full ACT Electoral Commission. In considering the request, the Commissioner and the full Commission had regard to the level of accuracy achieved by the data entry of paper ballots and the computer count. The Commission was satisfied that the level of accuracy was so high that a recount in any form could not have improved on the accuracy of the original count, and that there was no probability that the original count had indicated that the wrong candidates had been elected, given the margins between the winning and losing candidates.
At the 2004 ACT general election, Hird ran on his own ticket, called the 'Harold Hird Independents'. He ran again as an independent at the 2008 ACT general election. On both occasions, he was unsuccessful in being elected. In 2005, the ACT Electoral Commissioner cancelled the party's registration at the request of the Secretary of the Harold Hird Independent Group.
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