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.
Borbidge was born in the town of Ararat
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... Read More