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Biography for KATTER , the Hon . Robert Cummin
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Member for Kennedy (Qld) 1966-90

National Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the» House of Representatives «for» Kennedy, Queensland, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Died 18.3.90.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister «for» «the» Army from 2.2.72 to 5.12.72.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 25.11.69 to 2.3.72; from 1.3.73 to 11.4.74; from 1.3.78 to 3.12.80 and from 28.2.85 to 19.2.90; Road Safety from 2.5.73 to 26.10.84 (Chairman from 6.4.76 to 4.2.83); Aboriginal Affairs from 10.10.76 to 22.5.79; Community Affairs from 28.10.87 to 19.2.90.

Joint: Foreign Affairs from 15.4.70 to 7.3.72; Foreign Affairs and Defence 15.5.73 to 11.4.74 and from 14.3.78 to 5.6.87; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.87 to 19.2.90.

Joint Select: Family Law Act from 12.10.78 to 28.8.80.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Parliamentary Adviser to «the» Australian Delegation at «the» 25th Anniversary Session, UN General Assembly, New York, September-December 1970.

Member, Australian Parliamentary Observer Team to Rhodesia, February-March 1980.

Member, Biennial Parliamentary Exchange Visit, Japan, October 1983.

Member, 17th Australasian and Pacific Regional Conference, Hobart, November 1983.

Member, Biennial Exchange Visit to New Zealand, June 1984.

Parliamentary Adviser to «the» United Nations General Assembly, September-December 1984.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to China, September 1986.

Delegate, 19th CPA Australasian and Pacific Regional Conference, Darwin, October 1987.

Member, Parliamentary Exchange Visit to New Zealand, April 1989.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to European Parliamentary Institutions, Brussels and Strasbourg; and visit to Cyprus and Portugal, September-October 1989.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Joint Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75. Spokesman on Northern Development and «the» Northern Territory from 14.6.74 to 11.11.75.


Born 5.9.18 at Brisbane, Qld; died 18.3.90.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Theatre proprietor; business manager.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Cloncurry Shire Council, 1946-67 (Deputy Chairman 1946-48; Chairman 1948-51 and again 1964-67).

Member, Executive of «the» Queensland Local Government Association 1949-51.

Member, Executive of «the» Western Queensland Local Government Association 1946-51.

Chairman, Local Government Association's Canberra Committee on Local Government.

Military Service

Enlisted in AMF 30.10.36.

Lieutenant 1940; Captain 1942.

Appointment terminated (medically unfit) 18.7.42.


Description: Rural.

Location: Central Queensland; following «the» 1984 Federal redistribution includes «the» centres of Atherton, Barcaldine, Charters Towers, Clermont, Cloncurry, Hughenden, Longreach, Mt Isa, Normanton, Tully and Winton, as well as Dunk, Hinchinbrook and Mornington Islands.

Area: 772 000 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 71 340 (at 11.7.87).

Industries: Beef cattle, wool, mixed grain crops, sugar, citrus and tropical fruit growing, cotton and mining (silver, lead, zinc, coal, copper, nickel).

State electorates: Kennedy includes «the» Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Mount Isa and Mulgrave, and parts of Barron River, Cook, Flinders, Gregory, Hinchinbrook, Peak Downs and Warrego.