Richard Colbeck

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Senator The Honourable
Richard Colbeck
Richard Colbeck.jpg
Colbeck in 2014
Minister for Tourism and International Education
In office
21 September 2015 – 2 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Gary Gray (as Minister for Tourism)
Succeeded by Steven Ciobo (as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment)
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
In office
21 September 2015 – 19 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by New portfoilo
Succeeded by Keith Pitt (as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment)
Senator for Tasmania
Assumed office
9 February 2018
Preceded by Stephen Parry
In office
4 February 2002 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Jocelyn Newman
Succeeded by Jonathon Duniam
Personal details
Born Richard Mansell Colbeck
(1958-04-05) 5 April 1958 (age 60)
Myrtleford, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Gaylene Bryan
Children 3
Alma mater Devonport Technical College

Richard Mansell Colbeck (born 5 April 1958) is an Australian politician. He was a Senator for the state of Tasmania representing the Liberal Party of Australia from 2002 to 2016, having been first elected at the 2001 federal election.[1] From September 2015 to July 2016, Colbeck served as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Tourism and International Education in the First Turnbull Ministry. He was defeated at the 2016 federal election, but replaced Stephen Parry in the Senate after a recount of the Senate ballots in Tasmania following Parry's disqualification on account of his dual citizenship.

He was born in Myrtleford, Victoria, and was educated at Devonport Technical College. He was a building estimator and supervisor, managing director and proprietor of a building consultancy before entering politics.[2]

Early career[edit]

In his early years, Colbeck gained qualifications in Small Business Management; Technology (Building); and Carpentry and Joinery Trade and Proficiency. He was an apprentice carpenter and joiner between 1977–79; a trainee estimator and supervisor 1977–79; and manager 1979–84. Between 1984 and 1989 he was a building estimator and supervisor; and managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989.[1]

From 1993–1996, and from 1998–2000, Colbeck served as the president of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce. From 1998–2001, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). From 1999–2002, he was an Alderman of the Devonport City Council.[1]

Political career[edit]

On 4 February 2002, Colbeck was appointed to the Senate by the Governor of Tasmania under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, to fill the casual vacancy caused by the retirement of Senator Jocelyn Newman. Colbeck was elected in 2001 and his term began on 1 July 2002. He was re-elected in 2007.[1]

Colbeck was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in October 2004. In January 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration.[1] With the defeat of the government led by John Howard in 2007, Colbeck was appointed to the Shadow Ministry, as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health and was shifted to the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in September 2008.[3]

In September 2010, he was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.[4] Abbott nominated Colbeck for appointment to the Abbott Ministry as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture following the 2013 federal election.[5]

Following the 2015 leadership spill that made Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister, Colbeck served as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Tourism and International Education in the First Turnbull Ministry from September 2015 to July 2016.

On 1 November 2017, Senate President and Tasmanian Liberal Stephen Parry announced his resignation from the Australian Senate after discovering that he held dual UK-Australian citizenship. Colbeck replaced him after a recount in Tasmania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography for COLBECK, the Hon. Richard Mansell". Australian Parliament. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck". ABC. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22handbook%2Fallmps%2F00AOL%22
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Jocelyn Newman
Senator for Tasmania
2002–2016
Succeeded by
Jonathon Duniam
Preceded by
Stephen Parry
Senator for Tasmania
2018–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Gary Gray
as Minister for Tourism
Minister for Tourism and International Education
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Steven Ciobo
as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
New ministerial post Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Keith Pitt
as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment