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NAIRN, the Hon. Gary RoyBiography for NAIRN, the Hon. Gary Roy

Member for Eden-Monaro (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Eden-Monaro, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001 and 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 26.10.2004 to 27.1.2006.

Special Minister of State from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 18.6.1996 to 6.11.2000 (Chair from 29.4.1997 to 6.11.2000); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004.

Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 8.2.1999 to 30.8.1999.

House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Primary Industries and Regional Services from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Procedure from 6.11.2000 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 29.11.2000 to 8.10.2001); Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Science and Innovation from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004 (Chair from 21.3.2002 to 31.8.2004).

House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires from 27.3.2003 to 5.11.2003 (Chair from 27.3.2003 to 5.11.2003).

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Bilateral visits to Sweden and Estonia, October 1999

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and China, November-December 2002

Official visit to Sweden and Norway, December 2006

Party Positions

Member, Country Liberal Party (NT) from 1987

President, Country Liberal Party (NT) 1990-94

Observer Delegate to Federal Executive of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Federal Management Committee of the National Party 1990-94

Member, Liberal Party (NSW) from 1995

Honorary Life Member, Country Liberal Party (NT) 1995


Born 3.1.1951, Sydney, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Surv (UNSW)

Graduate surveyor 1972-75

Registered surveyor in private practice 1975-83

Managing director, surveying and mapping consultancy 1983-96


Description: Rural

Location: New South Wales far south coast, the Snowy Mountains and tablelands; it includes the centres of Adaminaby, Batemans Bay, Bega, Berridale, Bodalla, Bombala, Braidwood, Bungendore, Captains Flat, Cooma, Dalmeny, Delegate, Eden, Jindabyne, Merimbula, Moruya, Narooma, Queanbeyan, Sutton and Tathra.

Area: 30946 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 92532 (at 9.10.2004)

Industries: Snowy Mountains Scheme (hydro-electric), vegetables, maize, butter, cheese, fish processing, timber mills, beans, dairy cattle, potatoes, wool, sawmills, wood-pulping factories, eucalyptus distillery, defence and tourism.

Electorate: Eden-Monaro includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Bega, Burrinjuck and Monaro.