Chris Hartcher


Chris Hartcher
The Honourable
Chris Hartcher MP
Minister for Resources and Energy
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Premier Barry O'Farrell
Deputy Andrew Stoner
Preceded by Paul Lynch
Special Minister of State
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Preceded by Eric Roozendaal
Minister for the Central Coast
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 April 2011
Preceded by John Robertson
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Terrigal
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 March 2007
Preceded by New district
Majority 24.1% (2011)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Gosford
In office
19 March 1988 – 2 March 2007
Preceded by Brian McGowan
Succeeded by Marie Andrews
Personal details
Born 21 December 1946 (1946-12-21) (age 64)
North Sydney, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Residence Wamberal, New South Wales
Profession Solicitor[1]
Website Parliamentary webpage

Christopher "Chris" Peter Hartcher MP (born 21 December 1946), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Resources and Energy, Special Minister of State and Minister for the Central Coast in the O'Farrell-Stoner Liberal/National coalitition government. Hartcher is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Terrigal for the Liberal Party since 2007, and has previously represented Gosford between 1988 and 2007.[2]

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Personal life

Hartcher was born in North Sydney and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview.[3] He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. He then worked as a personal injury and family law solicitor employed by his uncle. He is married with three sons.[1]

Political career

Hartcher was elected to represent Gosford for the Liberal Party at the 1988 NSW state election. He was appointed Government Whip in 1991 and served in that role until 1992.[2] On 3 July 1992, Hartcher was appointed to the NSW Cabinet as Minister for the Environment and left the Cabinet with the defeat of the Fahey Government in March 1995.[2]

NSW Opposition

After the 1995 election, Hartcher was appointed to a number of Shadow Ministerial portfolios spending a combined 7 years as Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and 4 years as Shadow Attorney General.

On 28 March 2002 he was elected as Deputy Opposition Leader under John Brogden until the 2003 State Election.[2] Former Premier Bob Carr was often Hartcher's political "sparring partner"; a relationship Carr referred to as "good natured fun".[4] Carr nicknamed Hartcher the The Swamp Fox – an irreverent reference to US War of Independence guerrilla commander, Francis Marion – to suggest Hartcher would challenge Brogden for leadership of the party.[5]

At the 2003 election Hartcher was challenged in the seat of Gosford by Labor candidate Deborah O'Neill and won by only 272 votes.[6] In 2006, New South Wales Legislative Assembly seats were subject to an electoral redistribution. The seat of Peats was abolished and the majority of the area was redistributed into a newly created seat of Gosford. The majority of the former seat of Gosford was redistributed into the new electoral district of Terrigal. Hartcher was again challenged by O'Neill but was elected Member for Terrigal on 24 March 2007. O'Neill was later elected as the Member for Robertson at the 2010 Federal Election.

In 2010, Hartcher was endorsed as the Liberal Party's candidate for Terrigal ahead of the 2011 election. Hartcher was re-elected as the Member for Terrigal with a swing of 11.1 per cent and won the seat with 74.1 per cent of the vote on a two party preferred basis.[7] His main opponent was Labor's Trevor Drake.

O'Farrell Government

On 3 April 2011, Hartcher was appointed by Premier Barry O'Farrell to the Cabinet as Minister for Resources and Energy, Special Minister of State and Minister for the Central Coast.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Chris Hartcher". Chris Hartcher. http://www.chrishartcher.com/. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mr (Chris) Christopher Peter Hartcher, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/Members.nsf/d890a06557517cedca256e700008765e/37e03e51f26c5fcc4a25674500016570. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Motor Accident Compensation Amebdnebt (Terrorism) Bill". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 12 November 2003. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LA20031112/$File/531la043.pdf. 
  4. ^ "Carr defends Lib leadership taunts". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 15 March 2011. http://www.abc.net.au/news/politics/2001/03/item20010314100629_1.htm. 
  5. ^ "Questions Without Notice: Malabar Police Station". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 3 April 2001. p. 13019. http://143.119.255.92/prod/parlment/hanstrans.nsf/V3ByKey/LA20010403/$File/522la106.pdf. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Terrigal – NSW 2011". The Tally Room: Elections and politics in Australia and around the world. Ben Raue. 2011. http://www.tallyroom.com.au/nsw2011/terr2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Terrigal". NSW Votes 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). http://www.abc.net.au/elections/nsw/2011/guide/terr.htm. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "New faces in Barry O'Farrell's Cabinet". The Australian. AAP (News Limited). 3 April 2011. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/new-faces-in-barry-ofarrells-cabinet/story-fn3dxity-1226032816887. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Brian McGowan
Member for Gosford
1988–2007
Succeeded by
Marie Andrews
New district Member for Terrigal
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Lynch
Minister for Resources and Energy
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Eric Roozendaal
Special Minister of State
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Robertson
Minister for the Central Coast
2011–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Barry O'Farrell
Deputy Leader of the
New South Wales Liberal Party

2002–03
Succeeded by
Barry O'Farrell

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