John Cobb (Australian politician)

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John Cobb
John Cobb Portrait 2009.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Calare
In office
24 November 2007 – 9 May 2016
Preceded byPeter Andren
Succeeded byAndrew Gee
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parkes
In office
10 November 2001 – 24 November 2007
Preceded byTony Lawler
Succeeded byMark Coulton
Personal details
Born (1950-02-11) 11 February 1950 (age 69)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyThe Nationals
Spouse(s)Andrea (divorced)
Gai (divorced)
Lisa Syme (m. 2014)

John Kenneth Cobb (born 11 February 1950), Australian politician, was a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from November 2001 representing the Division of Parkes, and the Division of Calare from 2007 to 2016 when he retired.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Cobb was born in Bathurst, son of Lee and Mary Cobb,[2] and was raised on the family property near Mount Hope, New South Wales.[3]


Pre-political career[edit]

From the 1980s until his candidacy for Federal Parliament, Cobb was active in, and spent three years as president of the New South Wales Farmers Association, a lobby group representing farmers and rural and regional communities.[4] He also continued to farm the family property.

Political career[edit]

Cobb was elected to the House of Representatives from the Division of Parkes, a safe National Party seat, at the 2001 federal election.

In July 2005, Cobb was appointed to the ministry as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, but soon after was reshuffled to the community services portfolio.

After Parkes was dramatically altered in a redistribution, Cobb ran for the neighbouring seat of Calare at the 2007 election after the popular independent member Peter Andren retired. The Liberal-National Party Coalition lost the election, but Cobb won Calare handily. He was chosen by new Opposition leader Brendan Nelson to be a member of the shadow ministry, as the spokesperson on regional development and water security.[5] He was re-elected at the 2010 election and in September 2010 was appointed Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.[6]

Following the 2013 federal election, Cobb nominated as deputy leader of the National Party, but was defeated by Barnaby Joyce, the newly elected member of New England. Cobb was not appointed to the Abbott Ministry.[7]

On 27 February 2016, Cobb announced that he was retiring from politics and would not re-contest the Division of Calare in the 2016 Australian federal election.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Cobb in married and has four daughters from his first marriage. He is not related to one of his predecessors as the member for Parkes, Michael Cobb.[2][8]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ a b Cobb, John (14 February 2002). "House of Representatives Debates" (PDF). Hansard. Parliament of Australia. p. 213. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ "About". John Cobb's Site. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  4. ^ New South Wales Farmers Federation, Who We Are and What We Do, retrieved January 2008.
  5. ^ Parliament of Australia, Shadow Ministry, 6 December 2007 Archived 25 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved January 2008
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Colley, Clare (16 September 2013). "Cobb overlooked for ministry". Western Advocate. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ Schubert, Misha (21 October 2006). "Cobb denies disability comment". The Age.

External links[edit]

  • Parliament of Australia, Hon. John Cobb MP, official Parliament website biography, retrieved January 2008
  • Search or browse Hansard for John_Cobb at
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter McGauran
Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs
Succeeded by
Amanda Vanstone
as Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
Preceded by
Kay Patterson
as Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister for Community Services
Succeeded by
Nigel Scullion
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tony Lawler
Member for Parkes
Succeeded by
Mark Coulton
Preceded by
Peter Andren
Member for Calare
Succeeded by
Andrew Gee