Jim Carlton

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Jim Carlton

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Mackellar
In office
10 December 1977 – 14 January 1994
Preceded byBill Wentworth
Succeeded byBronwyn Bishop
Minister for Health
In office
7 May 1982 – 11 March 1983
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Preceded byPeter Baume
Succeeded byNeal Blewett
Personal details
James Joseph Carlton

(1935-05-13)13 May 1935
Died24 December 2015(2015-12-24) (aged 80)
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Diana Wilson (m. 1964)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
OccupationBusiness and industry consultant, politician, humanitarian

James Joseph Carlton AO (13 May 1935 – 24 December 2015)[1] was an Australian businessman, politician, and humanitarian.

Carlton was born in Sydney and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney.[2] His political career beginning at the Sydney University Liberal Club, of which he later became president, he succeeded Sir John Carrick as General Secretary of the NSW Liberal Party during the McMahonSneddenFraser periods.[3]

He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 1977 election for the seat of Mackellar and was Minister for Health from May 1982 to the defeat of the Fraser Government in March 1983. He served on the Defence Sub-Committee of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and held a number of Shadow Ministry positions in Opposition, including Shadow Treasurer from 1985–87 and Shadow Minister for Defence from 1989 to 1990. He resigned from Parliament in January 1994.[2]

From 1994 to 2001 Carlton was Secretary General of the Australian Red Cross,[4][5] receiving the Red Cross Movement's highest honour, the Henry Dunant Medal. As a founder of the Crossroads Group[6] together with John Hyde and Peter Shack he was influential in establishing the free-market or 'dry' cause in the Parliamentary wing of the Australian Liberal Party.[7] He served on the boards of the PNG Sustainable Development Program[8] and the Australia New Zealand School of Government.[9] Additionally he was a Professional Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, and a Senior Adviser with the Boston Consulting Group,[10] and was a council member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.[11]


In January 2001, Carlton was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal;[12] and in June that year, was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to Australian society.[13]


  1. ^ AAP (27 December 2015). "Former federal Liberal MP Jim Carlton dies aged 80". Nine News. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Carlton, the Hon. James Joseph". Parlinfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Jim Carlton on The Real Issues For November 10" (pdf). Australian Adam Smith Club (Melbourne). 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  4. ^ "The Red Cross in Kosovo". The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 June 1999. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Kosovo, Australian Red Cross Chief In The Balkans". Australian Red Cross. 21 June 1999. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Putting the Mal contents in order". The Australian. 17 December 2001.
  7. ^ Damien Cahill (29 September – 1 October 2004). "The radical neo-liberal movement and its impact upon Australian politics" (PDF). Australasian Political Studies Association Conference. Archived from the original (pdf) on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited". Corporate Directory. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  9. ^ "Board of Directors". Australia New Zealand School of Government. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  10. ^ "New business with the new military". Harvard Business on line.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Our Council Members". Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Archived from the original on 10 August 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "It's an Honour". www.itsanhonour.gov.au. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  13. ^ "It's an Honour". www.itsanhonour.gov.au. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bill Wentworth
Member for Mackellar
Succeeded by
Bronwyn Bishop
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Baume
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Neal Blewett