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BAIRD, the Hon. Bruce GeorgeBiography for BAIRD , the Hon. Bruce George
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Member for Cook (NSW) 1998-2007

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Northcott 24.3.1984. Retired prior to 25.3.1995 election.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Cook, New South Wales, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.

Ministerial Appointments

State: Minister for Transport (NSW) 1988-95.

Minister for Sydney's Olympic Bid (NSW) 1990-93.

Minister for Tourism and Roads (NSW) 1993-95.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.04 (Chair from 9.12.04) to 17.10.07.

Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 23.5.01 (Chair from 24.5.01) to 1.1.03; Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.03 (Chair from 1.1.03) to 31.8.04; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 8.5.07 to 17.10.07.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.12.98 to 17.10.07; Migration from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02; Treaties from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02.

Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 8.2.99 (Chair from 16.2.99) to 30.8.99; Republic Referendum from 2.6.99 to 9.8.99.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia, January 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, October 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hong Kong, December 2005.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 2006.

Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2007.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Shadow Minister for Transport and Finance 1986-88; also Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Party Positions

Liberal Party Pennant Hills Branch President 1992-93.

President, Northcott Electorate Conference 1992-93.

Member, Government Policy Committees on Small Business, Tourism, Sport and the Arts; Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

Chair, Amnesty International Parliamentary Group from 2000.

Chair, Friends of Tourism.

Chair, Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.


Born 28.2.1942, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Syd), MBA (Melb).

Hon. PhD (Ncle).

Assistant Trade Commissioner, Australian Embassy, Bonn 1972-76; Trade Commissioner, Australian Consulate-General, New York 1977-80.

Government Affairs Manager, Esso Australia Ltd 1980-84.

Member, Legislative Assembly 1984-95 (see Parliamentary Service above).

Managing Director, Tourism Council Australia 1995-98.

Chair, National Rail Corporation 1997-98.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: south-eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bundeena, Caringbah, Cronulla, Grays Point, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Maianbar, Miranda, Sylvania and Woolooware.

Area: 189 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 82 675 (at 9.10.04).

Industries: petroleum refineries at Kurnell, steel fabrication, pharmaceutical plant, boat building and oyster farming.

State electorates: Cook includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Cronulla, and parts of Heathcote and Miranda.