John Bradford (Australian politician)

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John Bradford
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McPherson
In office
24 March 1990 – 3 October 1998
Preceded by Peter White
Succeeded by Margaret May
Personal details
Born (1946-01-03) 3 January 1946 (age 71)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal (1990–98)
CDP (1998)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Industry executive

John Walter Bradford (born 3 January 1946) is a former Australian politician.

Born in Sydney, he was educated at the University of Sydney and then Sydney College of Advanced Education, becoming a teacher. He served in the military 1968-1970, returning to become a retail industry executive.

Politics[edit]

After moving to Queensland in 1987, Bradford was National Director of the Shopping Centre Tenants Association of Australia. He was active in local politics in Sydney, sitting on Warringah Shire Council (including two terms as Deputy Shire President) and the Mackellar County Council from 1977 to 1979 (Deputy Chair, 1979).[1]

In 1990, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for McPherson, Queensland. In 1992 he was one of a group of Coalition members of parliament who founded the Lyons Forum, a conservative ginger group.[2]

On 7 April 1998, he resigned from the Liberal Party over Aboriginal rights and other issues.[3] Thereafter sat as a member of the Christian Democratic Party. In the 1998 federal election, he contested the Senate seat in Queensland for the Christian Democrats, running with Kerry Blackman, an Aboriginal Christian businessman, but was not elected.[3][4]

Bradford was endorsed by the Christian Democratic Party in 2000 as the successor to Elaine Nile in the New South Wales Legislative Council.[5] However, as a result of an internal party dispute due to Bradford's residency,[6] Nile delayed her retirement until 2002 and Gordon Moyes was ultimately appointed to the Council, ahead of Bradford.

Church work[edit]

After Bradford's defeat in the 1998 federal election, he went to work for Mercy Ships, a Christian medical charity. Subsequently, he became the "Mission Development Director" for The Bible Society in Australia of Queensland, now part of the Bible Society Australia.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bradford, John Walter (1946-)". National Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Maddox, Marion (2005). God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics. Allen & Unwin. p. 38. 
  3. ^ a b Maddox, Marion (2004). "God, Howard and evangelical politics". Australian Policy Online. Archived from the original on 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  5. ^ "John Bradford will replace Elaine Nile". The Christian Democratic Party (Press release). 29 August 2000. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Clune, David (2001). "Political Chronicles: New South Wales: 2000 Ad". Australian Journal of Politics and History. University of Queensland Press. 45 (2). doi:10.1111/1467-8497.00230. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Libraries Australia Authorities: Bradford, John (John Walter), 1946-". National Library of Australia. July 2014. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Brian Green
Deputy Shire President of Warringah
1982 – 1983
Succeeded by
Kevin Begaud
Preceded by
Brian Green
Deputy Shire President of Warringah
1985
Vacant
Council dismissed
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Peter White
Member for McPherson
1990 – 1998
Succeeded by
Margaret May