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Encyclopedia > Brendon Nelson
Brendan Nelson
Brendan Nelson

Incumbent
Assumed office 
2006
Preceded by Robert Hill
Succeeded by Incumbent

In office
2001 – 2006
Preceded by David Kemp
Succeeded by Julie Bishop

Born 19 August 1958
Melbourne, Victoria
Constituency Bradfield
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Dr. Brendan John Nelson (born 19 August 1958), Australian politician, has been a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, representing the Division of Bradfield, New South Wales. He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Adelaide, before attending Flinders University, Adelaide, where he graduated in medicine. He was a general practitioner in Hobart, Tasmania, 1985-95, Director of Hobart and Launceston After Hours Medical Services 1987-91 Tasmanian State President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) 1990-92, Federal Vice-President 1991-93 and Federal President 1993-95. List of Australian Ministers for Defence (see Australian Defence Force, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. ... // In politics The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Senator Robert Hill Robert Murray Hill (born 25 September 1946), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate from July 1981 to January 2006, representing South Australia. ... Hon Julie Bishop The current Minister for Education, Science and Training is Julie Bishop. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Hon Dr David Kemp Dr David Alistair Kemp (born 14 October 1941), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to October 2004, representing the Division of Goldstein, Victoria. ... Hon Julie Bishop Julie Isabel Bishop (born 17 July 1956), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of Curtin, Western Australia. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral)Weedy Seadragon (Aquatic) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Const. ... The Division of Bradfield is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... Australian House of Representatives chamber Entrance to the House of Representatives The Australian House of Representatives is one of the two houses (chambers) of the Parliament of Australia. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Division of Bradfield is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... Capital Sydney Government Const. ... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral)Weedy Seadragon (Aquatic) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Const. ... Saint Ignatius College is an independent reception to Year 12 school in Adelaide, South Australia. ... Flinders University, or The Flinders University of South Australia, is a public university in Adelaide. ... Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1. ... View of the Hobart downtown district and Mt Wellington from Constitution Dock Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. ... Emblems: Flora - Tasmanian Blue Gum; Mineral - Crocoite Motto: Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Slogan or Nickname: The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Const. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Medical Association (the AMA) is the dominant professional association for Australian doctors and medical students. ... This article is about the year. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When he was elected Federal President of the AMA it was widely known that he had joined the Australian Labor Party in 1988 and was ambitious to enter politics. He stated publicly that he had never voted Liberal in his life. His partner in his medical practice was Dr David Crean, brother of Simon Crean and later a Tasmanian state Labor minister. By 1994, however, Nelson was a member of the Liberal Party and in 1995 he gained Liberal endorsement for Bradfield, one of the safest Liberal electorates in Australia. It is believed that he told the Labor Party he wanted to be endorsed for Denison, the strongest Labor seat in Tasmania (held by Duncan Kerr), and that when he was rejected he defected to the Liberal party. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) is Australias oldest political party. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Crean is a former member of the Parliament of Tasmania. ... Simon Findlay Crean (born 26 February 1949) is an Australian politician. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Division of Denison is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. ... Hon Duncan Kerr Duncan James Colquhoun Kerr (born 26 February 1952), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since July 1987, representing the Division of Denison, Tasmania. ...


Nelson was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in 2001. After the 2001 federal election he was promoted directly to Cabinet with the senior portfolio of Minister for Education, Science and Training. In this portfolio he has introduced a series of radical changes to Australia's higher education system, simultaneously imposing more direct government control over the management of universities while also allowing them to earn more revenue by charging higher fees to students. He has also extended the Howard government's policy of directing more federal funding to non-government schools, as well as becoming more involved in criticising and reviewing the state education systems. This article is about the year 2001. ... Legislative elections were held in Australia on 10 November 2001. ... Hon Julie Bishop The current Minister for Education, Science and Training is Julie Bishop. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939), an Australian politician, is the Prime Minister of Australia. ...


Since his surprisingly rapid promotion to Cabinet, Dr. Nelson has been spoken of as a possible future Liberal leader.


He was a popular target for student activism against education reform at Australian universities.


On 24 January 2006 Prime Minister John Howard announced Dr. Nelson's promotion from the Education, Science and Training portfolio to the high profile Defence portfolio. John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939), an Australian politician, is the Prime Minister of Australia. ...


Recently, Nelson has been criticised as Minister of Defence for his role in the Private Jacob Kovco affair, Australia's first Iraq war fatality. Kovco died of a gunshot wound to the head in his accommodation room, possibly in the presence of other soldiers. Kovco's body was accidentally left in a Kuwaiti morgue; another body, accompanied by an Australian soldier who thought he was escorting Kovco, was flown to Melbourne[1]. During the incident, Nelson gave three conflicting public statements about the circumstances surrounding Kovco's death[2] and was blamed for the mishandling of Kovco's remains (see Jacob Kovco). Private Kovco in Uniform Jacob (Jake) Bruce Kovco (born 25 September, 1980, Melbourne; died 21 April, 2006, Baghdad) was a private in the Australian Defence Forces who died, reportedly of a gunshot wound to the head, while on deployment in Baghdad. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Private Kovco in Uniform Jacob (Jake) Bruce Kovco (born 25 September, 1980, Melbourne; died 21 April, 2006, Baghdad) was a private in the Australian Defence Forces who died, reportedly of a gunshot wound to the head, while on deployment in Baghdad. ...


See also

Voluntary student unionism (VSU) is a policy under which membership of – and payment of membership fees to – university student organisations is not compulsory. ...

References

  1.  Private death, public outrage, The Age, 29 April 2006
  2.  Grilling on Kovco death, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 2006

The Age is a broadsheet daily newspaper, which has been published in Melbourne, Australia since 1854. ... ...

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Preceded by
David Kemp
Minister for Education, Science and Training
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Julie Bishop
Preceded by
Robert Hill
Minister for Defence
2006–
Succeeded by
incumbent
Current Cabinet of Australia
Abbott | Andrews | Bishop | Brough | Campbell | Coonan | Costello | Downer | Howard | Macfarlane | McGauran | Minchin | Nelson | Ruddock | Truss | Vaile | Vanstone

 
 

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