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COLBECK, the Hon. Richard MansellBiography for COLBECK, the Hon. Richard Mansell

Senator for Tasmania 2002-2016

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Appointed by the Governor of Tasmania on 4.2.2002 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. JM Newman (resigned) (term ended 30.6.2002). Elected 2001 (term began 1.7.2002), 2007 and 2013. Defeated at general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 26.10.04 to 27.1.06.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.

Minister for Tourism and International Education from 21.9.15 to 19.7.16.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment from 21.9.15 to 19.7.16.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 19.3.02 to 15.11.04; Publications from 1.7.02 to 15.11.04; Regulations and Ordinances from 16.3.12 to 11.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 25.3.02 to 15.11.04.

Senate Select: Housing Affordability in Australia from 14.2.08 to 16.6.08; Climate Policy from 17.3.09 to 15.6.09; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 16.6.11 to 16.8.12.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 14.2.02 to 25.3.03; Public Works from 22.8.02 to 31.8.04.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 19.3.02 to 1.7.02.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 22.9.08 to 14.9.10; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13; Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party from 1990.

Delegate, Liberal Party State Council from 1991.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Tas) from 1992.

Member, Liberal Party State Policy Advisory Committee (Tas) 1993-97.

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 2000-02.

State President, Liberal Party (Tas) 2000-2002.


Born 5.4.1958, Myrtleford, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Small Business Management Certificate; Certificate in Technology (Building); Carpentry and Joinery Trade and Proficiency Certificates (Devonport Technical College).

Apprentice, carpentry and joinery 1977-79; trainee estimator and supervisor 1977-79; manager 1979-84.

Building estimator and supervisor 1984-89.

Managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989.

Director, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1998-2001.

Local Government Service

President, Devonport Chamber of Commerce 1993-96 and 1998-2000.

Alderman, Devonport City Council 1999-2002.