Bob Baldwin (politician)

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Bob Baldwin
Baldwin in 2010
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Paterson
In office
10 November 2001 – 9 May 2016
Preceded byBob Horne
Succeeded byMeryl Swanson
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded byBob Horne
Succeeded byBob Horne
Personal details
Robert Charles Baldwin

(1955-03-09) 9 March 1955 (age 68)
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
ProfessionCompany director

Robert Charles Baldwin (born 9 March 1955) is a former Australian politician who was a member of the Australian House of Representatives for Paterson in New South Wales from March 1996 to October 1998 and again from November 2001 until May 2016, representing the Liberal Party. Baldwin has served in the Abbott Ministry as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry from September 2013 to December 2014;[1] and as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment from December 2014 to September 2015.[2][3]

Background and early years[edit]

He was born in Gloucester, UK, and was a company director before entering politics.

Political career[edit]

He held the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources from January 2006 until December 2007 when the Australian Labor Party was elected to govern Australia. After the election, on 6 December 2007 Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson announced that Baldwin would be the new Shadow Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Assisting Shadow Minister for Defence.[4] On 16 April 2008 he represented the Federal Opposition leader, Brendan Nelson at the commemoration service for HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran personnel who lost their lives on 19 November 1941.

After Malcolm Turnbull became leader, he remained in his job. When the 2009 Liberal Party of Australia leadership election was held and Tony Abbott replaced Turnbull he kept his roles. On 14 September 2010 after the 2010 federal election he was promoted to Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister for Tourism.[5]

Baldwin was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry in the Abbott Ministry on 18 September 2013;[1] and appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment on 23 December 2014.[2][3] He was not appointed to a position in the First Turnbull Ministry from September 2015.[6]

On 16 April 2016, Baldwin announced he would be retiring from politics and would not contest the 2016 federal election.[7] This came after a redistribution erased his majority in Paterson. He'd previously sat on a majority of nine percent, but the reconfigured Paterson had a paper-thin Labor majority of 0.3 percent. Labor went on to take the seat on a large swing.


  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Lenore (21 December 2014). "Tony Abbott cabinet reshuffle moves Scott Morrison out of immigration". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Tony Abbott's revamped Ministry sworn in at Government House". News Corp Australia. 23 December 2014. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Hon Brendan Nelson announces Opposition frontbench – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Parliament of Australia: House of Representatives – Members: The Hon Bob Baldwin MP, Member for Paterson (NSW)". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  6. ^ Kirkwood, Ian (16 April 2016). "Bob Baldwin dumped as parliamentary secretary". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Baldwin decides to exit federal politics". SBS News. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Paterson
Succeeded by