Stirling Hinchliffe

Stirling James Hinchliffe (born 23 November 1970) is an Australian politician. Born in Dalby, Queensland, he was educated at state schools and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He was a property industry analyst, policy manager, policy advisor and executive officer before his entry into politics. He had a long involvement with the Australian Labor Party, which included a position as National Secretary of Young Labor in 1995. In the 2006 Queensland state election, he was elected to the safe Labor seat of Stafford, which he represented until being defeated in the 2012 Queensland state election. Hinchliffe previously served as a cabinet minister in the Bligh Ministry[1]


Stirling Hinchliffe

Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Assumed office
12 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byMark Furner (Local Government) Grace Grace (Racing, Multicultural Affairs)
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games
In office
8 December 2015  6 February 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byJackie Trad (Transport) Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games)
Succeeded byJackie Trad (Transport) Kate Jones (Commonwealth Games)
Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015  8 December 2015
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byGlen Elmes (Minister assisting the Premier of Queensland)
Succeeded byMark Ryan
Leader of the House of Queensland
In office
16 February 2015  11 December 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byRay Stevens
Succeeded byYvette D'Ath
Minister for Employment and Skills of Queensland
In office
21 February 2011  26 March 2011
Preceded byAndrew Fraser (Employment)
Succeeded byJohn-Paul Langbroek (Training and Employment)
Minister for Mining of Queensland
In office
21 February 2012  26 March 2012
Preceded byStephen Robertson (Mines)
Succeeded byAndrew Cripps (Mines)
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009  21 February 2011
Preceded byPaul Lucas
Succeeded byPaul Lucas (as Minister for Local Government)
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Stafford
In office
9 September 2006  24 March 2012
Preceded byTerry Sullivan
Succeeded byChris Davis
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Sandgate
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded byKerry Millard
Personal details
Born (1970-11-23) 23 November 1970
Dalby, Queensland
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Megan Clarke
ChildrenThree
Alma materUniversity of Queensland

Hinchliffe returned to parliament in 2015 as the member for Sandgate. He was sworn in as Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier in the Palaszczuk Ministry on 16 February 2015. He was also nominated as Leader of the House, an appointment confirmed when the Legislative Assembly of Queensland met for the first time following the election.[2]

In December 2015, he was elevated to Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games. In February 2017, he resigned as the Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games following an ongoing series of railway passenger services being cancelled due to there being an insufficient number of train drivers, a situation exacerbated by the opening in 2016 of the Redcliffe Peninsula railway line. Hinchliffe's resignation came despite a commission of inquiry not attributing any blame to him, finding that the difficulties were a result of structural and cultural problems within Queensland Rail.[3]

Following the 2017 State Election, Hinchliffe re-entered Cabinet as the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. He was charged with responding to a number of integrity issues with the local government sector in Queensland, culminating in him dismissing the entire Ipswich and Logan City Councils.[4][5] He also oversaw the return of racing to the Eagle Farm Racecourse after extensive track remediation,[6] and has increased funding to multicultural community groups across Queensland.[7]

References

  1. "Stirling James Hinchliffe". Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  2. "Queensland's new Labor Cabinet sworn in at Government House". Australian Broadcasting Corporation 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. Templeton, Anthony; Vogler, Sarah (6 February 2017). "Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe resigns". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. Horn, Allyson; O'Brien, Chris (22 August 2018). "Ipswich council sacking imminent after dismissal bill passes Queensland Parliament". ABC News. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. Queensland Government (2 May 2019). "Logan City Council dismissed as Interim Administrator appointed". Queensland Government Statements. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  6. Dorries, Ben (11 December 2018). "Long wait is over - Eagle Farm returns December 22". RaceNet. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  7. Queensland Government (15 April 2019). "Palaszczuk Government delivers $375,000 boost for multicultural projects". Queensland Government Statements. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray Stevens
Leader of the House of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Yvette D'Ath
Incumbent
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Terry Sullivan
Member for Stafford
2006–2012
Succeeded by
Chris Davis
Preceded by
Kerry Millard
Member for Sandgate
2015–present
Incumbent


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