Kevin Anderson (politician)

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Kevin Anderson

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Tamworth
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded byPeter Draper
Majority7.8 points (2011)
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation
Assumed office
2 April 2019
Preceded byMatt Kean (as Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation)
Personal details
Political partyThe Nationals
Spouse(s)Anna Anderson[1]
OccupationJournalist and marketing consultant

Kevin John Anderson, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019.[2][3][4] Anderson is also a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Tamworth for the Nationals since 26 March 2011.[5]

Early years and background[edit]

Anderson moved to Tamworth, aged 30 years. He spent eleven years as a journalist and news reader with the local Prime Television station. He left Prime in 2004 to work with Hunter New England Area Health Service as a communications and business development manager. He stood unsuccessfully for the Nationals in Tamworth at the 2007 election.[6]

Anderson was a director of Centreboard Media, a local public relations and marketing consultancy with experience in events such as the Tamworth Country Music Festival.[7][8] Anderson has been active in community groups in the region, including Westpac Rescue Helicopter, the Salvation Army, the St Nicholas School Board, and Ronald McDonald House in Tamworth.[6] In his spare time Anderson plays rhythm guitar and sings in a local band called Splashpool.

Political career[edit]

In a first initiative for the Nationals, Anderson was endorsed following a plebiscite where 4,293 local people voted from a pre-selected field of four candidates. The vote was open to members of the Nationals and the general community, voting at eight polling stations in the electorate, open to anyone on the NSW electoral roll. Anderson defeated James Treloar, the local mayor, on preferences.[1][9][10][11]

At the March 2011 elections, Anderson was elected Member for Tamworth and received a swing of 14.7 points, defeating the sitting independent Peter Draper, winning 57.8 per cent of the vote on a two-party-preferred basis.[12] Following the 2019 state election, Anderson was sworn in as the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation in the second Berejiklian ministry, with effect from 2 April 2019.[13]


  1. ^ a b Ellery, David (28 June 2010). "Kevin to have another crack in state election". Northern Daily Leader. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Han, Sophie (2 April 2019). "Berejiklian's new massive cabinet sworn in amid peals of laughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hon. Kevin John ANDERSON, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Kevin Anderson – Candidate for Tamworth". The Nationals team. National Party. 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  7. ^ Crawford, Barclay (14 April 2011). "Magistrate slams politician Kevin Anderson for standing up for mate accused of drink-driving". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Register of Disclosures by members of the Legislative Assembly" (PDF). Parliament of NSW. 11 October 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  9. ^ Maley, Paul (28 June 2010). "Nationals open Tamworth preselection vote to public". The Australian. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Stoner welcomes Kevin Anderson as Tamworth candidate after historic community preselection". Media Release – Andrew Stoner MP. National Party of Australia. 27 June 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  11. ^ Fuller, Kelly (27 June 2010). "Anderson gets the nod again". ABC New England North West local news. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  12. ^ Green, Antony (1 April 2011). "Orange". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  13. ^ Sas, Nick (31 March 2019). "Gladys Berejiklian says Liberal Party has no women problem as re-elected NSW Premier shuffles Cabinet". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Peter Draper
Member for Tamworth
Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Kean
as Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation