Jim Wilkinson (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
James Scott Wilkinson
President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
Assumed office
21 May 2013
Member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Nelson

James Scott Wilkinson (born 4 December 1951 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) is currently President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council. He has been an independent member for the Division of Nelson since 1995.

As a child Mr. Wilkinson lived in Battery Point and later Sandy Bay where he attended the Hutchins School. Upon completing his studies, he moved to Melbourne to play for South Melbourne in the VFL between 1970 to 1972,.[1]

After 3 years in Melbourne, he then returned to Tasmania to study law, while also continuing with sport playing football and cricket for Sandy Bay.

James Scott Wilkinson
Personal information
Full name James Scott Wilkinson
Born (1951-12-04) 4 December 1951 (age 66)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting Left-hand bat
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973–1977 Tasmania
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 3 2
Runs scored 166 8
Batting average 33.20 4.00
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 79 8
Catches/stumpings 0/– 0/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 February 2012

As a result of his efforts he played first-class cricket for Tasmania from 1973 to 1975 as well as becoming the Australian junior and senior royal amateur tennis champion.

In 1977, he married his wife Jill and together they have four children and four grandchildren.

On completing his sporting career, he turned his focus to the ABC to commentate on both football and cricket. His commentating career in football lasted more than 15 years and expanded into a football program on 7HT on Saturday mornings with Noel Grey.

He later took a position with the Tasmanian Football Commission for a number of years, the last of which being the role of Chief Commissioner for Tasmania Australia National Football League. During this time he was also a member of the Tasmanian Cricket Association Board for many years and a representative on the Swimming Tasmania Board.

As well as his position on the Tasmanian Legislative Council his is also practising lawyer in Hobart, working as a consultant to Wallace Wilkinson & Webster, having been a partner of the firm prior to his appointment to the Legislative Council.

Mr. Wilkinson has been a member of the Legislative Council since 1995 representing the electorate of Nelson, and is one of 11 independent members.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jim Wilkinson". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Sue Smith
President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
John Stopp
Member for Queenborough
New seat Member for Nelson