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Biography for TICKNER, the Hon. Robert Edward

Member for Hughes (NSW) 1984-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Hughes, New South Wales, at by-election 18.2.84, vice the Hon. Leslie Royston Johnson (resigned).

Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.

Defeated at general elections 1996.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 4.4.90 to 19.12.91.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.12.91 to 11.3.96.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Reconciliation from 21.2.91 to 24.3.93.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 28.2.85 to 19.2.90; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Aboriginal Affairs from 28.10.87 to 19.2.90; Selection from 16.2.88 to 19.2.90.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 28.2.85 (Chair from 25.2.87) to 19.2.90.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the USSR and Poland, June-July 1986.

Attended 8th Australasian and Pacific Regional Parliamentary Seminar, Norfolk Island, October-November 1986.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988.

Delegate, 34th CPA Conference, Canberra, September 1988.

Official visits to UK, Switzerland and Thailand, July-August 1990; Switzerland, UK and Thailand, July-August 1991; Canada and Switzerland, July- August 1992; Hungary, May 1993; Switzerland, July 1993; Papua New Guinea, December 1993; Papua New Guinea, April 1994; New Zealand, April 1994; Switzerland and USA, July-August 1994.


Born 24.12.51 at Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB, LLM (Hons), BEc (Syd).

Lecturer, Faculty of Business Studies and Faculty of Law, NSW Institute of Technology.

Manager, NSW Environment Centre.

Committee Member, Council for Civil Liberties.

President, NSW Society of Labor Lawyers.

Director, Toe Truck Theatre.

Founding Chair, Australian Nuclear Free Zone Secretariat.

Suburban newspaper proprietor.

Other Positions

Chair, Parliamentary Group Amnesty International.

Local Government Service

Alderman, Sydney City Council 1977-84 (including a brief period as Acting Lord Mayor in 1983).


Description: Outer metropolitan.

Location: Southern outskirts of Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Alfords Point, Bangor, Bundeena, Chipping Norton, Como, Engadine, Hammondville, Heathcote, Helensburgh, Holsworthy, Illawong, Jannali, Lucas Heights, Menai, Moorebank, Oyster Bay, Sutherland, Waterfall and Woronora.

Area: 487 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 81 985 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Lucas Heights Research Laboratories, agriculture, light manufacturing industries, army base at Holsworthy.

State electorates: Hughes includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Bulli, Camden, Cronulla, Moorebank and Sutherland.