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ANTHONY, the Hon. Lawrence (Larry) JamesBiography for ANTHONY, the Hon. Lawrence (Larry) James

Member for Richmond (NSW) 1996-2004

The Nationals (formerly National Party of Australia to 11.10.2003)

Parliamentary service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Richmond, New South Wales, 1996, 1998 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2004.

Ministerial appointments

Parliamentary Secretary (Trade) from 21.10.98 to 20.7.99.

Minister for Community Services from 20.7.99 to 26.11.01.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs from 26.11.01 to 26.10.04.

Committee service

House of Representatives Standing: Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98; Selection from 22.10.97 to 31.8.98.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 29.5.96 to 1.1.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 to 31.8.98; Corporations and Securities from 10.3.98 to 31.8.98.

Conferences, delegations and visits

Official visit to New Zealand, July 2000; Canada, May 2002; Indonesia, May 2003; Botswana and South Africa, May-June 2003.

Leader, Delegation to the United Nations Special Session on Children, USA, May 2002.

Parliamentary party positions

National Party Whip from 21.10.97 to 23.10.98.

Party positions

Secretary, National Party Sydney Metropolitan Branch 1983-84.

Chair, National Party Sydney Eastern Suburbs Branch 1987-89.

Chair, National Party Sydney Metropolitan Branch 1989-90.

Vice-Chair, National Party Murwillumbah Branch 1992-94.

Member, National Party Central Council (NSW) 1993-96 and Central Executive (NSW) 1994-96.

Chair, Richmond Electorate Council 1993-96.


Born 17.12.1961, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BComm (NSW).

Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, ASIA.

Jackeroo 1979-80.

Small business and industrial advocate adviser, Sydney Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1984-85.

Stockbroker and investment banker, Potter Warburg and Merrill Lynch 1985-91 and 1993-96.

Railway company manager and director 1991-93.


Description: semi-rural.

Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the towns of Alstonville, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Wollongbar.

Area: 2137 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 81 312 (at 10.11.01).

Industries: commercial fishing, dairying, beef cattle, maize, fruit (bananas, pawpaws, macadamia nuts, protein stock feeds, tourism, sugar, bacon and butter factories, timber, pigs, engineering, steel fabrication and clothing manufacturing.

State electorates: Richmond includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Tweed, and parts of Ballina and Lismore.