Rob Stokes

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Rob Stokes

MP Rob Stokes 2014 (cropped).jpg
Stokes, pictured in 2014
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
Assumed office
2 April 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byAnthony Roberts (as Minister for Planning)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Pittwater
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded byAlex McTaggart
Majority25.4 points (2015)
Minister for Education
In office
30 January 2017 – 23 March 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byAdrian Piccoli
Succeeded bySarah Mitchell (as Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning)
Minister for Planning
In office
2 April 2015 – 30 January 2017
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byPru Goward
Succeeded byAnthony Roberts
Minister for the Environment
In office
23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byRobyn Parker
Succeeded byMark Speakman
Minister for Heritage
In office
23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byRobyn Parker
Succeeded byMark Speakman
Assistant Minister for Planning
In office
23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded bynew title
Succeeded byMark Speakman
Minister for the Central Coast
In office
6 May 2014 – 2 April 2015
PremierMike Baird
Preceded byMike Gallacher
Succeeded byportfolio abolished
Personal details
Born
Robert Gordon Stokes

(1974-01-17) 17 January 1974 (age 45)
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Sophie Stokes
Alma materMacquarie University
OccupationLawyer

Robert Gordon Stokes (born 17 January 1974), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019.[1][2][3] He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Pittwater for the Liberal Party since 2007.

Stokes has previously served as the Minister for Education from January 2017 until March 2019 in the First Berejiklian ministry;[4] the Minister for the Environment, the Minister for Heritage, the Assistant Minister for Planning, and the Minister for the Central Coast during 2014 and 2015 in the first Baird government;[5][6] and the Minister for Planning from April 2015 until January 2017 in the second Baird government.[7]

Background and early career[edit]

Stokes grew up in Mona Vale. He attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) and obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1991.[8] He obtained a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws and a PhD at Macquarie University; a Diploma of Biblical Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.[9]

Stokes was an associate with the law firm David Begg & Associates in Martin Place, Sydney. He also worked in a number of other legal firms including one at Mona Vale.[10][11] He subsequently became a lecturer in the Division of Law at Macquarie University.[12] He became a member of the Young Lawyers Association of New South Wales and was a member of both the Environmental Law and CLE Committees. He became a presidential nominee in 2004 and was elected to Executive Council at the 2004 Annual Assembly.[13]

Political career[edit]

Stokes was a policy adviser to Liberal Opposition Leader John Brogden, the Member for Pittwater. When Brogden resigned in controversial circumstances,[14] the 2005 by-election was won by independent candidate Alex McTaggart in what many described as a shock result.[15][16] Less than two years later, Stokes regained the seat for the Liberals at the 2007 general election.[17] He was elected with a swing of 26.9 per cent, and won the seat with 59.4 per cent of the vote on a two-party preferred basis.[18]

After the election, Stokes established his electorate office in Mona Vale. Stokes paid tribute to John Brogden in his inaugural speech to the NSW Parliament on 31 May 2007.[citation needed]

At the 2011 general election, Stokes was re-elected with a swing of 21.7 points, gaining 84.5 per cent of the two-party vote. Stokes' main competitor was the Greens Jonathan King.[19] Following the election, Stokes was appointed as NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy in the O'Farrell government.[20]

Owing to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[21] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[5] Stokes was appointed as Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning and appointed as a member of cabinet.[9][22] Two weeks later, following the resignation of Mike Gallacher, Stokes was appointed as Minister for the Central Coast.[6] Following the 2015 state election, Stokes was sworn in as the Minister for Planning on 2 April 2015 in the second Baird government.[7] Following the resignation of Mike Baird as Premier,[23] Gladys Berejiklian was elected as Liberal leader and sworn in as Premier.[24][25][26] The first Berejiklian ministry was subsequently formed with Stokes sworn in as the Minister for Education with effect from 30 January 2017.[4] Following the 2019 state election Stokes was appointed as the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in the second Berejiklian ministry, with effect from 2 April 2019.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Han, Sophie (2 April 2019). "Berejiklian's new massive cabinet sworn in amid peals of laughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (6 May 2014). "Stuart Ayres shines on first day as Police Minister". The Age. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  8. ^ "President's Report 2007". Old Boys' Union. Shore School. 2007.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "The Hon. (Rob) Robert Gordon STOKES, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ "People power can make a difference". Postgrad and beyond. Macquarie University. 2006. Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  11. ^ "Robert Stokes Gets In!" (PDF). Business Law Bulletin. Macquarie University. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  12. ^ "Rob Stokes". Rob Stokes. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  13. ^ "2005 Executive Councillors". Young Lawyers Association of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  14. ^ "NSW politician quits after slur". BBC News. BBC. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Pittwater Shock". Radio National. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  16. ^ "Wipeout: party brawls begin". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  17. ^ "Libs on warpath in Pittwater". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  18. ^ "Pittwater". NSW Votes 2007. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  19. ^ "Pittwater". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  20. ^ Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Ministers axed in NSW shake-up". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  22. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  23. ^ Jacques, Owen (19 January 2017). "Baird resigns: NSW Premier to quit top job and Parliament". The Satellite. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Swearing-In of The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, the 45th Premier of New South Wales, and The Honourable John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier". Vice Regal Program. Governor of New South Wales. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Ministers". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  26. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  27. ^ 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.

 

New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Alex McTaggart
Member for Pittwater
2007 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Robyn Parker
Minister for the Environment
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Mark Speakman
Minister for Heritage
2014–2015
New title Assistant Minister for Planning
2014–2015
Preceded by
Mike Gallacher
Minister for the Central Coast
2014–2015
Succeeded by
portfolio abolished
Preceded by
Pru Goward
Minister for Planning
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Anthony Roberts
Preceded by
Adrian Piccoli
Minister for Education
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Sarah Mitchell
as Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning
Preceded by
Anthony Roberts
as Minister for Planning
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces
2019–present
Incumbent