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George Gear (born 8 March 1947) is a former Australian politician and government minister.

George Gear
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Tangney
In office
5 March 1983 – 1 December 1984
Preceded byPeter Shack
Succeeded byPeter Shack
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Canning
In office
1 December 1984 – 2 March 1996
Preceded byWendy Fatin
Succeeded byRicky Johnston
Personal details
Born (1947-03-08) 8 March 1947 (age 72)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Carol Howman

Gear was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Education at Mount Lawley College Advanced Education a Diploma of Electrical Engineering at Fremantle Technical College and a Diploma of Technical Teaching from Perth Technical College. He was a teacher of electrical trades before running for Parliament. He married Carol Howman in 1969 and they have one son and one daughter.[1][2]

Gear was elected for the Australian Labor Party as the member for the seat of Tangney at the 1983 election for the Australian House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Liberal Peter Shack. However, after a redistribution erased his majority and made Tangney a notional Liberal seat, Gear shifted to the nearby seat of Canning for the 1984 election and won. He had to fend off spirited challenges from Liberal opponent Ricky Johnston in the next four elections, particularly when his seat started shifting southward toward Mandurah. At the 1996 federal election, Johnston was successful at her fifth attempt.

Gear was Government Whip from May 1990 to March 1993, and was appointed Assistant Treasurer in the second Keating ministry in March 1993. He was one of eight ministers defeated in the 1996 election.


  1. ^ "Biography for Gear, the Hon. George". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. ^ Who's who in Australia. North Melbourne: Crown Content. 2008. p. 2303. ISBN 1-74095-160-3.
Political offices
New title Assistant Treasurer
1993 – 1996
Succeeded by
James Short
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Peter Shack
Member for Tangney
1983 – 1984
Succeeded by
Peter Shack
Preceded by
Wendy Fatin
Member for Canning
1984 – 1996
Succeeded by
Ricky Johnston