Steve Cansdell

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Steve Cansdell
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Clarence
In office
22 March 2003 – 16 September 2011
Preceded by Harry Woods
Succeeded by Chris Gulaptis
Personal details
Born Stephen Rhett Cansdell
(1950-09-23) 23 September 1950 (age 66)
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Nationals
Occupation Boxer

Stephen Rhett "Steve" Cansdell (born 23 September 1950 in Dubbo) is a former Australian politician and former member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

He was Australian Professional Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1973–1974 and Queensland Professional Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1978–1981. Cansdell became champion with a sixth-round knockout over Johnny Gorkom; he lost to Greg Mcnamara over ten rounds in a non-title fight.[citation needed] Cansdell later trained future light heavyweight world champion Jeff Harding.[citation needed]

He is married with four adult children. He was elected as a member of the Grafton City Council in 1993[1]

Cansdell represented Clarence for the National Party of Australia from 2003 to 2011.[2]

He resigned from parliament on 16 September 2011 over a false declaration related to a traffic offence.[3]


  1. ^ "Steve Cansdell". National Party of Australia (New South Wales). Retrieved 18 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Mr (Steve) Stephen Rhett Cansdell, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Salusinszky, Imre (16 September 2011). "Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell has announced his resignation". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Harry Woods
Member for Clarence
Succeeded by
Chris Gulaptis