Peter Hendy (politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
7 September 2013
|Preceded by||Mike Kelly|
10 January 1962 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|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. 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
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.
Public administration and policy
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.
In June 2002 Hendy became Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). 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.
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.
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."
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.
- Labor's Mike Kelly confirms Eden-Monaro lost to Liberal Peter Hendy: SMH 13 September 2013
- Peter Hendy | LinkedIn
- Coorey, Phillip (21 December 2007). "Rudd takes control to new highs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- | Parliament of Australia
- | University of Queensland
- Kerr, Christian (20 February 2008). "More woe for Mr 9%: Liberal MPs moan about his staff". Crikey. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
- | Bay Post
- | Liberal Party of Australia
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Eden-Monaro