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Ian Campbell (Australian politician)

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Ian Campbell
Minister for Human Services
In office
30 January 2007 – 9 March 2007
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byJoe Hockey
Succeeded byChris Ellison
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
In office
18 July 2004 – 30 January 2007
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byDavid Kemp
Succeeded byMalcolm Turnbull
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
In office
7 October 2003 – 18 July 2004
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byWilson Tuckey
Succeeded byJim Lloyd
Senator for Western Australia
In office
16 May 1990 – 31 May 2007
Preceded byFred Chaney
Succeeded byMathias Cormann
Personal details
Born (1959-05-22) 22 May 1959 (age 62)
Perth, Western Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia

Ian Gordon Campbell (born 22 May 1959) is a former Australian politician who served as a Senator for Western Australia from 1990 to 2007, representing the Liberal Party. He was a minister in the Howard Government from 2003 to 2007.

Early life

Campbell was born in Perth, Western Australia and lived for a time in Brisbane where he attended Brisbane Grammar School. He was a commercial and industrial property consultant and company director before entering politics.


Campbell was chosen by the parliament of Western Australia on 16 May 1990 to replace retiring Senator Fred Chaney. He was elected in his own right in 1993, 1998 and 2004. He was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1994–96.

In government, he served in numerous roles: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment (1996); Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government (1996); Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the Senate (1996); Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (1996–98); Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (1998–2001); and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (2001–03). He was responsible for overseeing the federal government's preparations for the Y2K bug.[1]

He was involved in presenting the bill that became the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.[2]

Campbell also later served as Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads (2003–04), Minister for the Environment and Heritage (2004–07), and Minister for Human Services (2007).

Minister for the Environment and Heritage (2004–07)

In July 2004, a pre-election reshuffle saw Campbell become Minister for the Environment and Heritage. In this role, he acknowledged the need for action on climate change but argued that it was important to consider environmental issues in an economic context.[3][4] Amid growing community concern over the issue, he also argued for a "post-Kyoto arrangement that is effective" and a "portfolio approach" to the issue, rejecting the notion of "silver bullet" solutions.[5][6]

Campbell was a vigorous critic of whaling. Through the International Whaling Commission, he actively campaigned against commercial and "scientific" whaling.[7][8][9][10]

In 2006, Campbell drew criticism for blocking a wind farm project in south-eastern Victoria on the basis that it may pose a risk to the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. Commentators and the opposition rejected the decision as inconsistent and politically motivated.[11][12][13]

In 2006, Campbell was criticised for the approval of the Cloud Break mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, because of the number of endangered species in the area of the future mine, among them the incredibly rare night parrot.[14]

Minister for Human Services (2007)

In January 2007, a cabinet reshuffle saw Campbell appointed Minister for Human Services, which was elevated to a cabinet position. However, on 3 March 2007, Campbell resigned after revelations he had met disgraced former Western Australian Premier Brian Burke. The resignation came in the midst of Liberal Party attacks on Opposition leader Kevin Rudd for also having met with Mr Burke, and was seen as a strategy to pressure and undermine Rudd. Prime Minister John Howard defended Campbell from charges of any moral wrongdoing, despite deputy leader Peter Costello's claim in Parliament that anyone who dealt with Brian Burke was morally compromised.[15][16]

Campbell announced his retirement from politics on 4 May 2007, saying that the Prime Minister had told him the door was still open for a return to the cabinet, but that he had decided to pursue a career in the private sector.[17] The Liberal Party in Western Australia chose Mathias Cormann to take his place.[18] Campbell formally resigned his Senate seat on 31 May 2007.


  1. ^ "Minister fears Y2K failures despite preparation". ABC News. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 1999 : First Reading". ParlInfo. 31 March 1999. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ Michelle Grattan & Orietta Guerrera (15 July 2004). "Howard freshens up with cabinet reshuffle". The Age. Fairfax.
  4. ^ Editorial (30 July 2005). "Half-hearted climate change response". The Age. Fairfax.
  5. ^ Eleanor Hall (3 October 2006). "Australians consider climate change top priority". ABC Local Radio – The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  6. ^ Tony Jones (25 October 2006). "Tony Jones speaks with Senator Ian Campbell". Lateline. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  7. ^ Jonathan Harley (22 June 2005). "Japan vows to expand whale hunt". 7.30 Report. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  8. ^ Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage (28 March 2006). "New Australian research shows Japan's scientific whaling is a sham". MEDIA RELEASE.
  9. ^ Tony Jones (24 May 2005). "Campbell rejects Japan's scientific whaling claims". Lateline. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  10. ^ AAP (29 August 2006). "Campbell 'playing politics' with parrot". The Age. Fairfax.
  11. ^ Tim Colebatch (6 March 2007). "On the man, off message". The Age. Fairfax.
  12. ^ Anthony Albanese MP (11 April 2006). "Campbell inconsistent on parrot wind farm threat". MEDIA RELEASE. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007.
  13. ^ Mary Gearin (17 April 2006). "Government vetos wind farm development". 7.30 Report. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  14. ^ Campbell stands by Cloud Break mine approval ABC News, published: 24 July 2006, accessed: 9 November 2010
  15. ^ Glenn Milne (4 March 2007). "PM sacrifices senior minister". The Sunday Telegraph. News Ltd.
  16. ^ Jason Koutsoukis & David Cohen (4 March 2007). "Howard sacrifices minister". The Age. Fairfax.
  17. ^ "'Lucky' Campbell to quit politics". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 May 2007.
  18. ^ "Replacement elected to fill Campbell Senate position". 720 ABC Perth Radio. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Hockey
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
Succeeded by
Ross Cameron
Preceded by
Wilson Tuckey
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Succeeded by
Jim Lloyd
Preceded by
David Kemp
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Succeeded by
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by
Joe Hockey
Minister for Human Services
Succeeded by
Chris Ellison
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