Philip Davis (Australian politician)

Philip Davis (Australian Politician)

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Philip Davis (Australian politician)

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Philip Rivers Davis (born 7 December 1952) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Council since October 1992, representing Gippsland Province until 2006 and the Eastern Victoria Region since. He was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council from December 2002 to February 2008, and was a shadow minister from 1999 to February 2008.

Davis was born in the rural town of Maffra, but attended the elite Brighton and Geelong Grammar Schools in Melbourne and Geelong respectively. He studied in farm management, and worked as a jackaroo, farm manager, and then self-employed farmer. In the 1980s, he moved into business, becoming a company director, although he retired from his directorships after being elected to parliament. During the 1980s, Davis also became actively involved with the Victorian Farmers Federation, becoming the president of its Gippsland branch.

Davis had joined the Liberal Party in the 1970s, soon rising to become the president of his local branch of the Young Liberal Movement. By 1978, he had become president of the main party branch. He made two unsuccessful attempts at entering parliament, with a 1979 run for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Gippsland East, and a 1983 bid for the federal seat of Gippsland. In 1992, in his third attempt at entering parliament, Davis won Liberal pre-selection for the Legislative Council seat of Gippsland Province, and was ultimately...
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