Rob Borbidge

Rob Borbidge

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Robert Edward Borbidge AO (born 12 August 1954), Australian politician, was the 35th Premier of Queensland, and leader of the Queensland branch of the National Party. His term as Premier was contemporaneous with the rise of the One Nation Party of Pauline Hanson, which would see him lose office within two years.

Early life

Borbidge was born in the town of Ararat in Victoria in 1954. His parents owned a sheep property and were attracted to Queensland by Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen's abolition of death duties, moving to the Gold Coast. He attended The Southport School and worked in his family motel business. At this time, the Gold Coast was the home of the property development boom that the Bjelke-Petersen government actively fostered, working in close co-operation with a group of developers known as the "white-shoe brigade".

Parliamentary and Ministerial career

In an attempt to broaden its electoral base and reduce the influence of its coalition partner, the Liberal Party, the Country Party renamed itself as the National Party and contested seats in urbanised areas such as the Gold Coast outside of its rural heartland. As a sign of this, in 1980 Borbidge contested and won the seat of Surfers Paradise from the sitting Liberal member, who had alleged corruption in property development by the Bjelke-Petersen government.

By the late 1980s after the scandal of the extreme corruption revealed by the Fitzgerald Inquiry had engulfed Bjelke-Petersen, who was replaced...
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