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

Senator for (Tas)

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 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 S Parry (resigned).

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.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: House from 19.3.2002 to 15.11.2004; Publications from 1.7.2002 to 15.11.2004; 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 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, Liberal Party from 1990

Delegate, Liberal Party State Council from 1991

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Tas) from 1992

Member, Liberal Party State Policy Advisory Committee (Tas) 1993-97

Member, Liberal Party Federal Executive 2000-02

State President, Liberal Party (Tas) 2000-2002


Born 5.4.1958, Myrtleford, Australia.


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Small Business Management Certificate (Devonport Technical College)

Certificate in Technology (Building) (Devonport Technical College)

Carpentry and Joinery Trade and Proficiency Certificates (Devonport Technical College)

Apprentice, carpentry and joinery 1977-79

Trainee estimator and supervisor 1977-79

Manager 1979-84

Building estimator and supervisor 1984-89

Managing director and proprietor of building consultancy from 1989

Director, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1998-2001