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COBB, the Hon. John KennethBiography for COBB, the Hon. John Kenneth

Member for Calare (NSW) 2007-2016


Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Parkes, New South Wales, 2001 and 2004. Re-elected following the 2006 electoral redistribution for Calare, New South Wales, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 12.10.15 to 9.5.16.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 26.10.04 to 6.7.05.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs from 6.7.05 to 27.1.06.

Minister for Community Services from 27.1.06 to 30.1.07.

Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 30.1.07 to 3.12.07.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Environment and Heritage from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Publications from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Ageing from 4.11.03 to 31.8.04; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 6.2.03 to 31.8.04; Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10; Environment from 9.9.15 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 9.9.15 to 9.5.16).

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.3.02 to 6.2.03; Public Accounts and Audit from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Water Security from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, National Party from 1984.

Member, Government Backbench Policy Committees on Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation; Environment and Heritage; Industry and Resources; Tourism, Art and Sport.

Chair, Government Backbench Policy Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Other Positions

Chair, Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Funding Programme from 2013.


Born 11.2.1950, Bathurst, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Jackaroo, overseer and manager 1968-74.

Farmer and grazier from 1976.

President, NSW Farmers Association 1998-2001.

Member, National Farmers Federation Executive 1998-2001.

Member, Rural Assistance Authority (NSW).

Chair, Western Division Council.

Member, Western Lands Advisory Board.


Description: rural.

Location: central New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bathurst, Blayney, Canowindra, Eugowra, Forbes, Lithgow, Molong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Portland, Wallerawang and Yeoval.

Area: 30 526 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 102 038 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: mining, mixed farming, fruit, timber, vineyards, meat and wool processing, transport, light engineering, manufacturing and food processing, tertiary education services, agricultural and pastoral support services.

State electorates: Calare includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Orange, and parts of Bathurst.