James Newbury

James Benjamin Kingsley Newbury (born 13 May 1978)[1] is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since November 2018, representing the seat of Brighton. Newbury is the currently the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Equality, Bay Protection, and the Shadow Special Minister for State. [2]

James Newbury standing outside Parliament House.

Early lifeEdit

Newbury grew up in Malvern East, and his grandfather, Dr Charles Renton Newbury, was President of the World Dental Federation and a recipient of a CBE.[3]

Newbury joined the Liberal Party in 1999. [4]

CareerEdit

Newbury was a Liberal staffer in Canberra and Melbourne before his election, and holds three degrees.[5]

Newbury's university degrees include a Juris Doctor (Post Graduate Level Law Degree), a Master of Business (Law), and a Bachelor of Business (Law).[6]

In the Liberal Party Newbury worked for Senior Adviser to the Hon. Dr. Denis Napthine MP, Premier of Victoria, a Parliamentary Adviser to the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, a Parliamentary Adviser to the Hon. Joe Hockey MP; and worked for a number of other Parliamentarians including Senator Richard Alston, the Hon. Tony Abbott, and Senator Mitch Fifield. [7]

Between December 2018 and September 2021, Newbury held the positions of Shadow Assistant Minister for Wastewatch and Shadow Assistant Minister for Freedom of Information. [8]

Between March 2021 and September 2021, Newbury held the position of Shadow Assistant Minister for Scrutiny of Government. [9]

Between September 2021 and February 2022, Newbury held the position of Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Economic Development, Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government and Shadow Minister for Government Services and Public Sector Integrity. [10]

Since September 2021, Newbury currently holds the positions of Shadow Minister for Equality, Shadow Minister for Bay Protection, Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Shadow Special Minister of State. [11]

PoliticsEdit

Newbury was a backer of Michael Kroger to be the president of the Liberal Party in Victoria. He also was a close ally of Marcus Bastiaan, who claimed to control a large portion of the administrative committee. Together with Bastiaan, Newbury was seen as a new generation of religious right wing politicians in the Victorian branch, despite the generally progressive nature of Victorian politics.[12][13] This group generally aimed to install conservative politician, or have moderate toe a more conservative line.[14]

This support translated into Newbury winning the preselection for Brighton, which was being vacated by Louise Asher. This was the cause of some disappointment in the Liberal ranks, as it would lead to a reduction in their female representation. Newbury's victory came with allegations of branch stacking.[15]

Newbury won the seat in an electoral landslide for the Labor Party but suffered an 8.7% swing against him, and was in danger of losing the previously safe Liberal seat to a relatively unheard of 19 year old who had only joined the Labor party two months prior and whose entire electoral campaign budget was $1750.[16][14]

 
Newburys Office on New Street Brighton

Political positions and first term as a MPEdit

Newbury has been an outspoken critic of duck hunting, and called for the practice to be stopped in his maiden speech.[17][18]

Newbury has backed the idea that police should be able to racially profile people that they question, and to store that information for future reference.[19]

As the Victorian government placed the state under lockdown for the fourth time on May 27, 2021, Newbury was outspoken via his Twitter account with his attacks on the premier Daniel Andrews for not "providing a message of support for our State, as we struggle through a fourth lockdown[20]". Similar messages were posted on subsequent days, despite the fact that the Premier was on sick leave as a result of a serious fall that injured his back.

Newbury stated in March 2021 Reason Party MP Fiona Patten that she had more positions than the Kama Sutra. This statement also referenced Pattens previous employment as an advocate for the sex industry.[21][22] The Reason Party was also previously called the Sex Party.

Newbury received considerable backlash for sharing a photo on social media that showed a girl's self-harm. He linked the post to the COVID-19 lockdown and the strain on mental health. Due to the significant backlash, Newbury removed the post from Twitter two hours after he posted it.[23]

In June 2021, Newbury used his parliamentary privilege to name Dustin Halse as the MP who was accused of having sex in his parliamentary office. There was no suggestion that Halse's relationship was illegal or non-consensual, although it was seen as inappropriate behavior. Reason Party MP Fiona Patten called Newbury's actions had "dropped to a new low".[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia. ConnectWeb. 2019.
  2. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  3. ^ "James Newbury, Member for Brighton | Liberal Victoria". vic.liberal.org.au. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  5. ^ Green, Antony (2018). "Brighton". Victorian State Election 2018. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  6. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Member Profile - Mr James Newbury". parliament.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  12. ^ Baker, Richard Willingham, Nick McKenzie, Richard (17 February 2017). "Victorian Liberals: factional fight exposes deep divisions". The Age. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Will Michael Kroger sink or save the Victorian Liberal Party?". Australian Financial Review. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Kroger's high-profile Liberal presidency ends in collapse". Crikey. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  15. ^ Tomazin, Farrah (3 December 2016). "Matthew Guy's bid for more Liberal women dealt a blow in Brighton preselection". The Age. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  16. ^ "'Dearie me': The 19-year-old who almost had to ditch his gap year to be an MP". 25 November 2018.
  17. ^ "'A modern Liberal Party must speak out': New MP takes aim at duck hunting". www.abc.net.au. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Hunting opposition". Shepparton News. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Lib candidate promotes racial profiling, which does have one upside". Crikey. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  20. ^ @newbury3186 (30 May 2021). "DO THE DECENT THING, DAN. Why was @DanielAndrewsMP well enough, six weeks ago, to post a message celebrating Easte…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ @newbury3186 (2 March 2021). "FIONA PATTEN : More positions than the Kama Sutra. @FionaPattenMLC supports the State of Emergency Bill: "There ma…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Sakkal, Paul (19 March 2021). "'Over the top': Minister for Veterans apologises after Anzac selfies criticism". The Age. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Liberal MP slammed for sharing graphic images of self-harm on social media". The Feed. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Victorian Labor MP accused of 'bonking' in his parliamentary office". 7NEWS.com.au. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
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Preceded by Member for Brighton
2018–present
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