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OAKESHOTT, Robert (Rob) James MurrayBiography for OAKESHOTT, Robert (Rob) James Murray

Member for Lyne (NSW) 2008-13


Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Port Macquarie from 30.11.1996. Resigned 13.8.2008.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Lyne, New South Wales at by-election 6.9.2008, vice the Hon. MAJ Vaile (resigned). Re-elected 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 16.2.12.

Committee Service

State: Regulation Review from 3.6.98 to 5.3.99; Public Bodies Review from 8.5.03 to 2.3.07; Public Accounts from 21.6.07 to 13.8.08; Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) from 28.6.07 to 13.8.08.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Education and Training from 10.11.08 to 19.7.10; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 11.5.10 to 19.7.10; Selection from 30.9.10 to 5.8.13; Infrastructure and Communications from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13. Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 19.3.09 to 19.7.10; Parliamentary Library from 16.6.10 to 19.7.10; National Broadband Network from 22.3.11 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 18.3.10 to 19.7.10; Parliamentary Budget Office from 23.11.10 to 23.3.11; Australia?s Immigration Detention Network from 17.8.11 to 30.3.12; Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.12 to 5.8.13; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.13 to 24.6.13.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia, April-May 2009.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.4.99 to 9.3.02. Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation and Shadow Minister for Fisheries and Ports from 19.4.99 to 9.3.02.


Born 14.12.1969, Lismore, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Hons)(Syd.), B LLB (Macq.).

Assistant to lobbying firm Resolutions 1992-93.

Media officer to the Hon. MAJ Vaile, MP 1993-96.

Member, Legislative Assembly (NSW) 1996-2008 (see Parliamentary service above).


Description: rural.

Location: mid-north coast of New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bonny Hills, Crescent Head, Gloucester, Harrington, Kendall, Lake Cathie, Laurieton, North Haven, Old Bar, Port Macquarie, Taree, Wauchope and Wingham.

Area: 11 991 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 92 565 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: timber, beef and dairy cattle, mixed farming, fishing and oyster farming, boat building, engineering, mining and tourism.

State electorates: Lyne includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Port Macquarie, and parts of Myall Lakes, Oxley and Upper Hunter.