Peter Hendy (politician)

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The Honourable
Dr Peter Hendy
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Eden-Monaro
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Mike Kelly
Personal details
Born (1962-01-10) 10 January 1962 (age 53)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Children 2
Alma mater University of Queensland; Australian National University
Profession Economist; Political advisor;

Peter William Hendy (born 10 January 1962) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Eden-Monaro in New South Wales, since September 2013.[1] Prior to his election to parliament, Hendy was active in politics as both a political advisor to Liberal Party politicians and as the Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

Early years and education[edit]

Hendy was born in Brisbane and educated at the University of Queensland where he graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (with First Class Honours). He then undertook a scholarship in international economic relations at the Australian National University and has published various papers and articles on public policy issues.[2]


Public administration and policy[edit]

Hendy worked in public administration and policy development at Federal and State levels, including periods in the Commonwealth Treasury, New South Wales Cabinet Office and as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Defence, Workplace Relations and Education, Peter Reith. In 1996, Hendy helped draft the first round of industrial relations changes for the Howard Government and was also implicated in the Children Overboard affair.[3]

In June 2002 Hendy became Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).[4] During his tenure at ACCI, Hendy was an advocate for workplace relations improvements. In 2006 he was commissioned by the Federal Treasurer to co-author the International Comparison of Australia's Taxes report, urging long term taxation reform in Australia.[5]

In January 2008 Hendy left the ACCI to take up a position as Chief of Staff to Liberal leader, Dr Brendan Nelson. He was one of three ACCI officials who joined Dr Nelson's staff at the time.[6]

Hendy has at various times been a director of Standards Australia, the International Chamber of Commerce (Australia), the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Australian Made Campaign Limited, the National Business Action Fund, a governor of the National Institute of Labour Studies, Chairman of the Joint Policy Committee of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Australian representative on the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) of the OECD.[7]

Peter Hendy was described in the Australian Financial Review's 2005 Inside Power magazine, which listed the most influential people in the Australian political system, as "the key player among the bosses". Kevin Rudd, at the time Prime Minister, described him as "a Liberal Party operative."[3]

Political career[edit]

Immediately prior to his election to parliament, Hendy was an advisor to Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party Julie Bishop. At the 2013 federal election Hendy contested the bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro against the incumbent Labor MP Mike Kelly. With a very close result, Kelly conceded defeat to Hendy a week after the election with a final margin of 0.6 percent.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hendy is married to Bronwyn Hendy. He has two children, Caroline and Patrick, and lives in Queanbeyan.[8]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mike Kelly
Member for Eden-Monaro