Andrew John Stoner
(born 14 January 1960) is an Australian politician, Deputy Premier of New South Wales and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for the seat of Oxley
since the 1999 state election
, and the Leader of the New South Wales National Party
since 31 March 2003. Stoner was the Shadow Minister for Roads and Ports, State and Regional Development in the O'Farrell
Coalition when in opposition.
Stoner was born in 1960 in Brisbane
, Queensland, before his family moved to Grafton
, New South Wales. He attended the Queensland Institute of Technology
from 1979 to 1985, receiving a Bachelor of Business
, and later James Cook University
of North Queensland in 1993, receiving a Master of Business Administration
with first class honours. He became an employment agency manager and a regional manager in the Australian Public Service before entering parliament.
Stoner joined the National Party of Australia
and was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
on 27 March 1999 for Oxley
. He was appointed the National Party Deputy Whip in his first term in office and rose to become Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation from 2002 to 2003. However, after the Liberal
-National Coalition lost the 2003 election
, the then Nationals leader George Souris
stood aside and Stoner was elected in his place.
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