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COLBECK, the Hon. Richard MansellBiography for COLBECK, the Hon. Richard Mansell

Senator for Tasmania

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Appointed by the Governor of Tasmania on 4.2.2002 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice the Hon. J Newman (resigned). Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 2001. Re-elected 2007 and 2013. Defeated at general elections 2016. Declared elected 9.2.2018 as a Senator for Tasmania by the High Court of Australia, vice the Hon. S Parry (resigned). and 2019.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 26.10.2004 to 27.1.2006.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Minister for Tourism and International Education from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians from 29.5.2019.

Minister for Youth and Sport from 29.5.2019.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 19.3.2002 to 15.11.2004; Publications from 1.7.2002 to 15.11.2004; Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation (formerly Regulations and Ordinances) from 16.3.2012 to 11.11.2013; Privileges from 12.2.2018 to 10.9.2018; Senators' Interests from 12.2.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Senate Select: Housing Affordability in Australia from 14.2.2008 to 16.6.2008; Climate Policy from 17.3.2009 to 15.6.2009; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 16.6.2011 to 16.8.2012; Obesity Epidemic in Australia from 10.5.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 25.3.2002 to 15.11.2004; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 12.2.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 14.2.2002 to 25.3.2003; Public Works from 22.8.2002 to 31.8.2004; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 12.2.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 19.3.2002 to 1.7.2002; Trade and Investment Growth from 12.2.2018 to 10.9.2018.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 22.9.2008 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Industry and Science from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party from 1990.

Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council from 1991.

Member of the Liberal Party State Executive (Tas.) from 1992.

Member of the Liberal Party Policy Advisory Committee (Tas.) from 1993 to 1997.

Member of the Liberal Party Federal Executive from 2000 to 2002.

President of the Liberal Party State Branch (Tas.) from 2000 to 2002.


Born 5.4.1958, Myrtleford, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

CertTech(Building) (Devonport Technical College).

CertCarpt&Join (Devonport Technical College).

CertSmlBusMgt (Devonport Technical College).

Apprentice carpenter and joiner from 1977 to 1979.

Trainee estimator and supervisor from 1977 to 1979.

Manager from 1979 to 1984.

Building estimator and supervisor from 1984 to 1989.

Managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989.

Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Tas.) from 1998 to 2001.

Local Government Service

Alderman, Devonport City Council from 1999 to 2002.