Stirling Hinchliffe

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The Honourable
Stirling Hinchliffe
MP
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
In office
8 December 2015 – 6 February 2017
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Jackie Trad (Transport) Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games)
Succeeded by Jackie Trad (Transport) Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games)
Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015 – 8 December 2015
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Glen Elmes (Minister assisting the Premier of Queensland)
Succeeded by Mark Ryan
Leader of the House of Queensland
Assumed office
16 February 2015
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded by Ray Stevens
Minister for Employment and Skills of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011 – 26 March 2011
Preceded by Andrew Fraser (Employment)
Succeeded by John-Paul Langbroek (Training and Employment)
Minister for Mining of Queensland
In office
21 February 2012 – 26 March 2012
Preceded by Stephen Robertson (Mines)
Succeeded by Andrew Cripps (Mines)
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 21 February 2011
Preceded by Paul Lucas
Succeeded by Paul Lucas (as Minister for Local Government)
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Stafford
In office
9 September 2006 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Terry Sullivan
Succeeded by Chris Davis
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Sandgate
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded by Kerry Millard
Personal details
Born (1970-11-23) 23 November 1970 (age 46)
Dalby, Queensland
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Megan Clarke
Children Three
Alma mater University of Queensland

Stirling James Hinchliffe (born 23 November 1970) is an Australian politician. Born in Dalby, Queensland, he was educated at state schools and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He was a property industry analyst, policy manager, policy advisor and executive officer before his entry into politics. He had a long involvement with the Australian Labor Party, which included a position as National Secretary of Young Labor in 1995. In the 2006 Queensland state election, he was elected to the safe Labor seat of Stafford, which he represented until being defeated in the Queensland state election, 2012. Hinchliffe previously served as a cabinet minister in the Bligh Ministry[1]

Hinchliffe returned to parliament in 2015 as the member for Sandgate. He was sworn in as Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier in the Palaszczuk Ministry on 16 February 2015. He was also nominated as Leader of the House, an appointment confirmed when the Legislative Assembly of Queensland met for the first time following the election.[2]

In December 2015, he was elevated to Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games. In 2017 he resigned as the Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games following an ongoing series of railway passenger services being cancelled due to insufficient train drivers, a situation exacerbated by the opening in 2016 of the Redcliffe Peninsula railway line. However, the Strachan Inquiry did not attribute any blame to Hinchliffe, instead pointing to internal structural and cultural issues within Queensland Rail as the cause of the problems.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stirling James Hinchliffe". Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Queensland's new Labor Cabinet sworn in at Government House". Australian Broadcasting Corporation 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rail fail: Transport Minister resigns". 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Stevens
Leader of the House of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
2015–present
Incumbent
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Terry Sullivan
Member for Stafford
2006–2012
Succeeded by
Chris Davis
Preceded by
Kerry Millard
Member for Sandgate
2015–present
Incumbent