Adam Marshall

Adam John Marshall (born 4 September 1984), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019.[1][2][3] Marshall is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, and has represented Northern Tablelands since a 2013 by-election, as a member of The Nationals.[4]


Adam Marshall

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Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales
Assumed office
2 April 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byNiall Blair (as the Minister for Primary Industries)
John Barilaro (as the Minister for Western New South Wales)
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Northern Tablelands
Assumed office
25 May 2013
Preceded byRichard Torbay
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
In office
30 January 2017 – 23 March 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byStuart Ayres (as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events)
Succeeded byStuart Ayres (as the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney)
Assistant Minister for Skills
In office
30 January 2017 – 23 March 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded bynew portfolio
Succeeded byportfolio abolished
Personal details
Born (1984-09-04) 4 September 1984 (age 35)
Political partyNational Party

Marshall has previously served as the Minister for Tourism and Major Events and the Assistant Minister for Skills from January 2017 until March 2019 in the first Berejiklian ministry.[5]

Early years and educationEdit

Marshall received his elementary education while attending Gunnedah South Public School before completing his secondary studies at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School where he earned the higher school certificate. In his final year he was voted by his peers as the "person most likely to be Australian Prime Minister", which is a prediction he is also said to have made as a youth, to fellow students on the school bus.[6]

Political careerEdit

Elected to Gunnedah Shire Council in 2004, aged 19, Marshall became deputy mayor and then mayor of Gunnedah, an office his father once held, after the 2008 local government elections. During his time as Mayor, Marshall served as president of the Country Mayors' Association and Senior Vice-President of the Shires Association of NSW. Marshall moved to Armidale in 2012, resigning from the Council, and commenced studying commerce at the University of New England, prior to his endorsement as a candidate for the March 2013 by-election held after sitting independent member Richard Torbay was forced out of politics amid allegations of corruption.[7]

Marshall would claim victory on election night having receiving over 60% of the vote,[8] subsequently being declared the winner with a margin of more than 30%.[9][10] This was not considered an upset; in 2011, the Nationals would have won it with a majority of 26.1 percent in a "traditional" matchup with Country Labor. Marshall won a full term almost as easily in 2015, boosting his majority to 27.1 percent, the third-safest in the state. He was reelected in 2019, and now sits on a majority of 32.8 percent, the safest in the state.

During his preselection bid ahead of the Northern Tablelands by-election in 2013, it was revealed that Marshall once held concurrent membership with both the Nationals and Labor from 2001 to 2003, while also being employed on the staff of independent Member for Tamworth, Peter Draper. Country Labor organiser Courtney Roche said Marshall would have been deemed to be a card carrying member of the party until 2004, after which his membership expired.[7][11]

On 27 June 2014, Marshall was stopped for a random breath test while driving and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.112. On 15 July he pleaded guilty to and was convicted for mid range drink driving. Marshall's counsel argued in mitigation that he was suffering from a head cold which may have impaired his awareness of his level of intoxication. He was disqualified from driving for nine months and fined $2,000. It was subsequently revealed that Marshall had incurred 17 speeding offences since 2002,[12][13] and that his licence had been suspended on three separate occasions between 2003 and 2011. He was able to avoid a fourth suspension in May 2014 by entering into a good-behaviour bond.[14]

Having served on several standing, select and statutory Parliamentary Committees, as well as in the position of Temporary Speaker, Marshall was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Northern New South Wales and Renewable Energy on 25 August 2016.

Following the resignation of Mike Baird as Premier,[15] Gladys Berejiklian was elected as Liberal leader and sworn in as Premier.[16][17][18] The first Berejiklian ministry was subsequently formed with Marshall sworn in as the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and Assistant Minister for Skills with effect from 30 January 2017.[5] Following the 2019 state election Marshall was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales in the second Berejiklian ministry with effect from 2 April 2019.[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "The Hon. Adam John MARSHALL, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ Ramien, Kate (28 May 2013). "Former Mayor to enter Parliament". Namoi Valley Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b Green, Antony (2013). "2013 Northern Tablelands by-election: Guide". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Nationals take landslide win in Northern Tablelands by-election". ABC News. Australia. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  9. ^ Green, Antony. "2013 Northern Tablelands by-election results". ABC News. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  10. ^ "2013 Northern Tablelands By-election Results". Results: By-Elections: State. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ Jeffrey, Stephen (17 May 2013). "Adam's Labor past". Armidale Express. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Simon (17 July 2014). "MP faces local court". Glen Innes Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Marshall pays price for his poor driving record". Inverell Times. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  14. ^ Chambers, Geoff (2 August 2014). "Leadfoot MP revealed: The abysmal driving record of state's youngest politician". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Ministers". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  18. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  19. ^ 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.

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New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Richard Torbay
Member for Northern Tablelands
2013–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Niall Blair
as Minister for Primary Industries
Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales
2019–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Barilaro
as Minister for Western New South Wales
Preceded by
Stuart Ayres
as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Stuart Ayres
as Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney
New title Assistant Minister for Skills
2017–2019
Succeeded by
portfolio abolished