Diane Beamer

Diane Beamer (born 15 July 1960) is an Australian politician. As an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, she represented the state electorates of Badgerys Creek (1995–1999) and Mulgoa (1999–2011). This included ministerial roles in the Carr and Iemma governments. Beamer chose not to recontest the 2011 election. In December 2018, Labor endorsed Beamer as their candidate for the Division of Lindsay at the 2019 Australian federal election.[1] She was defeated by the Liberals' Melissa McIntosh.


Diane Beamer
Minister for Fair Trading
In office
3 August 2005 – 2 April 2007
PremierMorris Iemma
Preceded byJohn Hatzistergos
Succeeded byLinda Burney
Minister for Western Sydney
In office
2 April 2003 – 2 April 2007
PremierBob Carr
Morris Iemma
Preceded byKim Yeadon
Succeeded byGraham West
Minister for Juvenile Justice
In office
2 April 2003 – 3 August 2005
PremierBob Carr
Preceded byCarmel Tebbutt
Succeeded byTony Kelly
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Badgerys Creek
In office
25 March 1995 – 5 March 1999
Preceded byAnne Cohen
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Mulgoa
In office
5 March 1999 – 4 March 2011
Preceded byTony Aquilina
Succeeded byTanya Davies
Personal details
Born (1960-07-15) 15 July 1960 (age 59)
England
CitizenshipAustralian
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Stephen Hutchins (previous marriage)
David Humphries
Children6
Alma materUniversity of Sydney (BA)

Early life and educationEdit

Born in England, Beamer migrated with her parents to Australia in the early 1960s.[2] During their first years in Sydney, the family lived in a Nissen hut at Cabramatta Migrant Hostel.[3]:page 52

In 1975, Beamer joined the Emu Plains Branch of the Australian Labor Party. She later graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (BA).[4] From 1985 to 1989, Beamer worked as an electorate officer for the Minister for Sport and Tourism John Brown.

Civic rolesEdit

Between 1989–95, Beamer served as an elected councillor of the City of Penrith. This included 1992-93 as Deputy Mayor and 1993-94 as Mayor. She has also been a member of the Board of Ripples Aquatic Centre and a Parliamentary Patron of the Spokeswomen Program.[5]

New South Wales state politics (1995-2011)Edit

In 1991, Beamer unsuccessfully contested the seat of Badgerys Creek,[4] however was elected to it in 1995. Following Badgerys Creek's abolition in 1999, she was elected as Member for Mulgoa. In April 2003, Beamer became Minister Assisting the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Planning Administration), Minister for Juvenile Justice and Minister for Western Sydney.[5] When Morris Iemma became Premier in August 2005, Beamer was appointed Minister for Fair Trading and Minister assisting the Minister for Commerce while continuing to be Minister for Western Sydney.[5]

Orange Grove AffairEdit

see also Orange Grove affair

On 16 June 2004, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, advised Beamer as Minister Assisting the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Planning Administration) to approve a variation of the Local Environment Plan (LEP) which would have retrospectively validated the planning approval for an Orange Grove shopping centre. On 8 July 2004, Beamer declined to approve the proposed variation[6] on the grounds that the shopping centre tended to undermine the viability of the Liverpool shopping centre.[7] The owners of the Orange Grove centre subsequently claimed that this decision was corrupt. This led to an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), which made no findings of corruption against any person.[6]

Retirement from state politicsEdit

After the 2007 election, Beamer served as a backbencher and chose not to recontest the 2011 election.

Australian federal politics (2019)Edit

In December 2018, the Australian Labor Party National Executive endorsed Beamer to take over from Emma Husar as the Labor candidate for the Division of Lindsay at the 2019 Australian federal election.[8] The seat was won by the Liberals' Melissa McIntosh. Beamer's previous state electorates of Badgerys Creek and Mulgoa cover much of the same geographic area as the seat of Lindsay.[1][9]

Family and personal lifeEdit

Beamer has six children. She was married to former Australian politician Stephen Hutchins, but is now married to Sydney journalist David Humphries.[5][10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Emma Husar considering options after Labor picks new Lindsay candidate". ABC News. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Retiring MPs". ABC News. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ http://images.heritage.vic.gov.au/attachment/47006
  4. ^ a b "Beamer, Diane (1960 - )". Australian Women. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d "The Hon. Diane Beamer, MP". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Report on investigation into planning decisions relating to the Orange Grove Centre" (pdf). Independent Commission Against Corruption. August 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Beamer Denies Fault". ABC News. 23 July 2004. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  8. ^ Osborne, Paul (11 December 2018). "Labor replaces Emma Husar in Sydney seat". The Courier. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Diane Beamer chosen by Labor to run for Emma Husar's seat of Lindsay in NSW". ABC News. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/AWE1357b.htm
  11. ^ "Labor's killing machine spoils the party". SMH. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Bill Gayed
Mayor of Penrith
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Pat Sheehy
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Anne Cohen
Member for Badgerys Creek
1995–1999
District abolished
Preceded by
Tony Aquilina
Member for Mulgoa
1999–2011
Succeeded by
Tanya Davies
Political offices
New title Minister Assisting the Minister for Infrastructure
and Planning (Planning Administration)

2003–2005
Vacant
Title next held by
Barbara Perry
as Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning
Preceded by
Kim Yeadon
Minister for Western Sydney
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Graham West
Preceded by
Carmel Tebbutt
Minister for Juvenile Justice
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Tony Kelly
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
Minister Assisting the Minister for Commerce
2005–2007
Office abolished
Minister for Fair Trading
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Linda Burney