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GROOM, the Hon. Raymond JohnBiography for GROOM, the Hon. Raymond John

Member for Braddon (Tas)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Braddon, Tasmania, 1975. Re-elected 1977, 1980 and 1983. Retired prior to general elections 1984.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development from 20.12.1977 to 5.12.1978.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations from 20.12.1977 to 5.12.1978.

Minister for Housing and Construction from 5.12.1978 to 3.11.1980.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 12.5.1983 to 26.10.1984.

House of Representatives Standing: Road Safety from 2.6.1977 to 10.11.1978; Road Safety from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (formerly Aboriginal Affairs) from 4.12.1980 to 4.2.1983; Standing Orders from 11.5.1983 to 26.10.1984.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Attended South Pacific Labour Minsters' Conference, Port Moresby, October 1978.

Joint Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, June-July 1978.

Leader, Australian Delegation to ESCAP Meeting, Manila, Chairman for the first Session, March 1979.

Attended South Pacific Labour Minsters' Conference, Apia, October 1979.

Chairman of meeting of South Pacific Commonwealth and State Housing Ministers, New Zealand, March 1980.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, The Hague and France, September-October 1983.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Mexico and Central America, July-August 1984.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party State Policy Committee (Tas.) from 1974.


Born 3.9.1944, Elsternwick, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (University of Melbourne).


Former Member, Bar Council of Tasmania.


Name: Braddon

Location: North and western Tasmania; following the 1977 Federal redistribution includes the towns of Burnie, part of Devonport, Gormanston, Luina, Penguin, Queenstown, Rosebery, savage River, Smithton, Stanley, Strahan, Ulverstone, Waratah, Wynyard and Zeehan as well as King Island.

Area: 21,632 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 54,231 (at 5.3.1983)

Industries: Pulp and paper mills, food processing, hardboard and titanium oxide manufacture, beef cattle, dairying, fishing, market gardening, timber and mining activities (copper, iron ore, lead, zinc, tin, silver and Scheelite).

Includes: Braddon is co-extensive with the Tasmanian House of Assembly electorates of the same name.