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TICKNER, the Hon. Robert Edward, AOBiography for TICKNER, the Hon. Robert Edward, AO

Member for Hughes (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Hughes, New South Wales at by-election 1984, vice the Hon. L Johnson (resigned). Re-elected 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Defeated at general elections 1996.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 4.4.1990 to 19.12.1991.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Reconciliation from 20.2.1991 to 24.3.1993.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.12.1991 to 11.3.1996.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges served from 28.2.1985 to 5.6.1987; Privileges served from 8.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 8.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Aboriginal Affairs served from 28.10.1987 to 19.2.1990; Selection served from 16.2.1988 to 19.2.1990

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts served from 28.2.1985 to 24.2.1987; Public Accounts served as Chair from 25.2.1987 to 19.2.1990

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the USSR and Poland, June-July 1986.

Attended 8th Australasian and Pacific Regional Parliamentary Seminar, Norfolk Island, October-November 1986.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988.

Delegate, 34th CPA Conference, Canberra, September 1988.

Official visits to UK, Switzerland and Thailand, July-August 1990.

Official visits to Switzerland, UK and Thailand, July-August 1991.

Official visits to Canada and Switzerland, July-August 1992.

Official visits to Hungary, May 1993.

Official visits to Switzerland, July 1993.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, December 1993.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 1994.

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1994.

Official visits to Switzerland and USA, July-August 1994.

Other Positions

Chair of the Parliamentary Group for Amnesty International.


Born: 24.12.1951, Sydney, Australia

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (University of Sydney).

LLB (University of Sydney).

LLM(Hons) (University of Sydney).

Lecturer in the Business Studies and Law Faculties at the Institute of Technology (NSW).

Manager of the Environment Centre (NSW).

Committee Member of the Council for Civil Liberties.

President of the Society of Labor Lawyers (NSW).

Director of the Toe Truck Theatre.

Founding Chair of the Australian Nuclear Free Zone Secretariat.

Suburban newspaper proprietor.

Local Government Service

Alderman, Sydney City Council from 1977 to 1984.

Acting Lord Mayor, Sydney City Council, brief period of 1983. .


Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, 12.6.2017.


Name: Hughes

Location: Southern outskirts of Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Alfords Point, Bangor, Bundeena, Chipping Norton, Como, Engadine, Hammondville, Heathcote, Helensburgh, Holsworthy, Illawong, Jannali, Lucas Heights, Menai, Moorebank, Oyster Bay, Sutherland, Waterfall and Woronora.

Area: 487 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 81,985 (at 5.2.1996)

Industries: Lucas Heights Research Laboratories, agriculture, light manufacturing industries, army base at Holsworthy.

Includes: Hughes includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Bulli, Camden, Cronulla, Moorebank and Sutherland.