Bob Quinn states that he joined the Liberal Party in 1972 in response to the federal Whitlam Government when he was a school teacher on the Gold Coast. He describes his increasing involvement with the party and the occasion he organised a Liberal Party campaign against Rob Borbidge under the three-cornered contest policy.
|Peter White, Rob Borbidge|
Bob Quinn discusses his working class background. He describes attending state schools at Southport, before going to teacher's college on a bonded scholarship. He explains why he joined the Liberal Party, and his work as a bookmaker's clerk while teaching.
Bob Quinn discusses the relationship between the Liberal and National parties after the breakdown of the Coalition. He discusses the debate over parliamentary committees.
|Brian Austin, Coalition, committee system, Peter White, Russ Hinze|
Bob Quinn describes his decision to run in the 1988 by-election for the seat of South Coast following Russ Hinze's retirement. He describes losing the by-election to the National Party's Judy Gamin, followed by his success at the 1989 election. He discusses the composition of the electorate and the various boundary changes.
|electoral redistribution, Fitzgerald Inquiry, Russ Hinze|
Bob Quinn discusses the beginning of his parliamentary career. He emphasises the importance of mentoring in the absence of formal induction processes. He reflects on leadership change in the Liberal Party and the re-formation of the Coalition with the Nationals. He discusses the 1995 election and the return to government under Rob Borbidge and Joan Sheldon.
|Angus Innes, Coalition, Denver Beanland, Fitzgerald Inquiry, Liz Cunningham, Mundingburra by-election 1996, Terry White|
Bob Quinn reflects on his period as a Shadow Minister during the Goss government when he became Shadow Minister for Education. He states that his desire to improve education in Queensland was one factor that influenced his decision to stand for parliament.
Bob Quinn discusses the formation of the parliamentary committee system and his involvement in the EARC parliamentary oversight committee. He discusses the EARC reforms.
|committee system, EARC, Fitzgerald Inquiry|
Bob Quinn discusses the allocation of portfolios after the re-formation of the Coalition and the reasons why the Liberals were given responsibility for education.
|Coalition, Education Department, Joan Sheldon, Rob Borbidge|
Bob Quinn details his dealings with the public service during his time as a Shadow Minister.
|Frank Peach, relationship with public service|
Bob Quinn explains how the Coalition came to power in 1996 and the steps he took to prepare for government.
|Liz Cunningham, Mundingburra by-election 1996|
Bob Quinn discusses his approach to staffing his office.
Bob Quinn explains his decision to retain Frank Peach as the Director General of Education. He states that ministers had a lot of control over the appointment of directors general for their departments. He describes allowing Peach to take responsibility for hiring and firing in the department. He discusses political appointments to the public service.
|Education Department, Frank Peach, Hit List, relationship with public service|
Bob Quinn discusses staffing in the public service during the Borbidge years.
|Borbidge Government 1996-98, relationship with public service|
Bob Quinn discusses his goals as Minister for Education. He highlights the constraints placed on the department by Treasury and his support for the self-management of schools. He describes how the devolution of power was then reversed by the incoming Beattie government.
|Education Department, education reform, strikes, Treasury|
Bob Quinn discusses his support for the Smart State agenda.
|Peter Beattie, Smart State|
Bob Quinn discusses the beginnings of the Smart State strategy during the Borbidge years.
|Smart State, University of Queensland|
Bob Quinn claims the best decision from his ministerial career was the choice to keep the Director General. He reflects on his relationship with Treasurer Joan Sheldon and her support for education.
|Education Department, Frank Peach, Joan Sheldon|
Bob Quinn discusses his regrets from his time in politics. He states that some people wanted him to take on the leadership after Joan Sheldon resigned the leadership of the Liberals.
|David Watson, Joan Sheldon|
Bob Quinn relates the challenges of minority government and problems they had pushing through their education reforms. He discusses the industrial disputes he dealt with during his time as a minister.
|education reform, minority government, Steve Bredhauer, strikes|
Liberal Party politician Bob Quinn served as Minister for Education 1996-98, for the entirety of the Borbidge Government and leader of the Queensland Liberal Party from 2001-06. He was elected to the Queensland parliament in 1989 after winning the seat of South Coast, and also represented Merrimac (1992-2001) and Robina (2001-06) following redistribution and name changes to the electorate.
Robert (Bob) Quinn was born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, in 1947. He spent most of his life living on Queensland’s Gold Coast where he completed his education at Southport State High School and later practiced as a teacher.
When the revelations of the Fitzgerald Inquiry forced Russell Hinze to resign from parliament, Quinn decided to contest the seat of South Coast. He was defeated at the 1988 by-election by the National Party candidate, but successful at the subsequent 1989 State election. As the new member for the South Coast he was immediately a member of the Liberal Shadow Cabinet. During the Goss years he served as the Shadow Minister for Education (1989-96), Aboriginal and Islander Affairs (1989-92) and Family Affairs (1992).
The re-formation of the Coalition and the election of the Borbidge Government in 1996 saw Quinn elevated to the ministry. He served as the Minister for Education 1996-98 and introduced the Leading Schools policy and sought to devolve power to individual schools.
The 1998 election saw the Coalition return to Opposition. Quinn again served in the Shadow Ministry and in 2001 was elected leader of the Liberal Party. During periods of Coalition with the National Party he also served as the Deputy Opposition Leader (2003-04, 2005-06). Following his defeat as Liberal Leader by Bruce Flegg, Quinn did not contest the 2006 election. He then served as a Special Trade Representative for Trade & Investment QLD.
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