Jim Short (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Jim Short
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Ballaarat
In office
13 December 1975 – 18 October 1980
Preceded by Dudley Erwin
Succeeded by John Mildren
Senator for Victoria
In office
1 December 1984 – 12 May 1997
Succeeded by Karen Synon
Personal details
Born (1936-12-07) 7 December 1936 (age 81)
Shepparton, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Public servant

James Robert Short (born 7 December 1936) is a former Australian politician and diplomat.

Born in Shepparton, Victoria, he attended the University of Melbourne before becoming a public servant with the Treasury Department in 1963.[1] He was Executive Secretary of the Australian Industry Development Corporation from 1973 to 1974.

In 1975, he was elected to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Ballaarat. The name was changed to Ballarat in 1977. He held the seat until his defeat in 1980.

In 1984, he was elected to the Senate.[2]

Jim Short was appointed Assistant Treasurer in the First Howard Ministry in March 1996. On 14 October 1996 he resigned his portfolio after inadvertently misleading the Senate about a conflict of interest. He resigned from the Senate the following year to take up a $150,000-a-year (tax-free) position at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he remained until 2000. He served as Australian Special Envoy for Cyprus from 2000 to 2007.[3]


  1. ^ Jim Short, Senator for Victoria (29 October 1996). "ADJOURNMENT: Condolences: Sir Roland Wilson". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Australian Parliament House. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  3. ^ "Appointment of UN Special Envoy for Cyprus & Appointment of Australian Special Representative for Cyprus" (Press release). Canberra: Australian Government. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Dudley Erwin
Member for Ballarat
Succeeded by
John Mildren