Sid Sidebottom

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Sid Sidebottom
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Braddon
In office
24 November 2007 – 7 September 2013
Preceded by Mark Baker
Succeeded by Brett Whiteley
In office
3 October 1998 – 9 October 2004
Preceded by Chris Miles
Succeeded by Mark Baker
Personal details
Born Peter Sid Sidebottom
(1951-04-23) 23 April 1951 (age 66)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Occupation Unemployed
Profession Recently retired Politician

Peter "Sid" Sidebottom (born 23 April 1951) is an Australian former politician. Sidebottom was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Braddon in Tasmania between 1998 and 2004 and again after the 2007 federal election. In 2011, Sidebottom was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He was defeated for a second time at the 2013 election, with a swing of 10% against him.

Background and early career[edit]

Sid was born in Hobart, Tasmania; graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts (honours); and was a senior secondary college teacher between 1975 and 1997. During 1998, he was an electorate officer for Senator Nick Sherry and again worked for Sherry as an advisor between 2004 and 2007. Sid was elected as a Councillor of the Central Coast Council, serving between 1996 and 1998.[1]

Political career[edit]

At the 1998 federal election, Sidebottom defeated sitting Liberal Member for Braddon, Chris Miles. However, Sidebottom was defeated by the Liberal candidate, Mark Baker, at the 2004 election.[1] Many put this down to concern about loss of forestry jobs under Labor's environment policy, which had the potential to adversely affect Sidebottom's electorate.[citation needed]

Sidebottom subsequently won back the seat at the 2007 federal election, defeating Baker.

On 14 December 2011, Sidebottom was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry[1] in the Second Gillard Ministry.

At the 2013 federal election, Sidebottom lost his seat of Braddon for the second time, suffering a 10% swing against him.


  1. ^ a b c "Sid Sidebottom MP". Parliament of Australia: Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Miles
Member for Braddon
Succeeded by
Mark Baker
Preceded by
Mark Baker
Member for Braddon
Succeeded by
Brett Whiteley