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Richard Mansell Colbeck (born 5 April 1958) is an Australian politician. He has been a Senator for Tasmania since 2018, representing the Liberal Party, and served a previous term in the Senate from 2002 to 2016. He was first elected at the 2001 federal election, and was a parliamentary secretary in the Howard Government. Colbeck served as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Tourism and International Education in the Turnbull Government from 2015 to 2016, but was defeated at the 2016 election. He returned to the Senate following a recount after Stephen Parry was disqualified during the parliamentary eligibility crisis.


Richard Colbeck
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Colbeck in 2014
Minister for Youth and Sport
Assumed office
26 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byBridget McKenzie
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians
Assumed office
26 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byKen Wyatt
Senator for Tasmania
Assumed office
9 February 2018
Preceded byStephen Parry
In office
4 February 2002 – 2 July 2016
Preceded byJocelyn Newman
Succeeded byJonathon Duniam
Minister for Tourism and International Education
In office
21 September 2015 – 19 July 2016
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byGary Gray (as Minister for Tourism)
Succeeded bySteven Ciobo (as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment)
Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment
In office
21 September 2015 – 19 July 2016
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byKeith Pitt
Personal details
Born
Richard Mansell Colbeck

(1958-04-05) 5 April 1958 (age 61)
Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Gaylene Bryan
Children3
Alma materDevonport Technical College

Early lifeEdit

Colbeck was born in Myrtleford, Victoria, and was educated at Devonport Technical College. He was a building estimator and supervisor, managing director and proprietor of a building consultancy before entering politics.[1]

In his early years, Colbeck gained qualifications in Small Business Management; Technology (Building); and Carpentry and Joinery Trade and Proficiency. He was an apprentice carpenter and joiner between 1977–79; a trainee estimator and supervisor 1977–79; and manager 1979–84. Between 1984 and 1989 he was a building estimator and supervisor; and managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989.[2]

From 1993–1996, and from 1998–2000, Colbeck served as the president of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce. From 1998–2001, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI). From 1999–2002, he was an Alderman of the Devonport City Council.[2]

Political careerEdit

On 4 February 2002, Colbeck was appointed to the Senate by the Governor of Tasmania under section 15 of the Constitution, to fill the casual vacancy caused by the retirement of Senator Jocelyn Newman. He had already been elected to the Senate at the 2001 federal election, to a term beginning on 1 July 2002. He was re-elected in 2007.[2]

Colbeck was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in October 2004. In January 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration.[2] With the defeat of the government led by John Howard in 2007, he was appointed to the shadow ministry as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health. He was shifted to the role of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in September 2008.[3] In September 2010, Colbeck was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science by the new opposition leader Tony Abbott.[4] Abbott nominated Colbeck for appointment to the Abbott Ministry as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture following the 2013 federal election.[5]

Following the 2015 leadership spill that saw Malcolm Turnbull replace Abbott as prime minister, Colbeck was appointed as the Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment and the Minister for Tourism and International Education in the First Turnbull Ministry from September 2015 to July 2016.[3]

At the 2016 federal election, Colbeck was demoted to fifth place on the Liberal Senate ticket. He blamed factional opponent Eric Abetz for his failure to win a higher position on the ticket.[6] He polled an unusually high below-the-line tally, attributed to a strong "personal vote", but nonetheless lost his seat.[7] Colbeck unexpectedly returned to the Senate in February 2018, after Senate President Stephen Parry was caught up in the parliamentary eligibility crisis. The Court of Disputed Returns conducted a recount and declared Colbeck elected.[8]

Colbeck is considered to belong to the moderate wing of the Tasmanian Liberals, and supported Malcolm Turnbull during the 2018 leadership spills; he was reportedly the only Tasmanian Liberal not to sign the petition calling for a second spill.[9] In the new Morrison Government, he was appointed Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.[3] Prior to the 2019 federal election he was preselected in first place on the Liberals' Senate ticket.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck". ABC. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography for COLBECK, the Hon. Richard Mansell". Australian Parliament. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Federal election 2016: Abetz 'coup' cut me down, says Colbeck". The Australian. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ "How Lisa Singh and Richard Colbeck used personal appeal against party rankings". Guardian Australia. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Two Tasmanian senators sworn into Parliament after citizenship shake-up". ABC News. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Senator Richard Colbeck's 'loyalty', 'integrity' highlighted by PM Scott Morrison in pre-selection stoush". ABC News. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Richard Colbeck, Claire Chandler and Tanya Denison nominated in Liberal preselection battle". ABC News. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2019.

External linksEdit

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Jocelyn Newman
Senator for Tasmania
2002–2016
Succeeded by
Jonathon Duniam
Preceded by
Stephen Parry
Senator for Tasmania
2018–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
Gary Gray
as Minister for Tourism
Minister for Tourism and International Education
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Steven Ciobo
as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
New ministerial post Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Keith Pitt
as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment