Fordham, Robert Clive

Born 10 February 1942 (Melbourne, Victoria)
Parents: Walter, commercial traveller, and Myra Pettigrew.
Marriage: 14 Jan 1967 Susan Edna Wills, schoolteacher, 1s. 1d.
Occupation: Accountant and public servant
Religion: Anglican
Education: North Footscray State School , Essendon High School , Melbourne University BCom, BA.

Career: Accountant 1964-1965, with Commonwealth Public Service Board 1968-1970, member Monash University Council 1970-1977, Footscray Institute of Technology, Western General Hospital 1972-82. Member, East Gippsland Institute of TAFE Council 1995-2004. Chairman, Board of Lakes and Wilderness Tourism Assoc. Inc 1994-2000. Member, Board of Gippsland Development Ltd 1995-2000. Currently Chairperson, East Gippsland Water Authority; Chairman, Narkoojee Pty Ltd.

Party: Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Parliamentary spokesman on fuel, power and the arts 1970-1973, education 1973-1982, federal affairs 1980-1982, secretary parliamentary party 1976-1977, deputy opposition leader 1977-82.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAFootscrayMay 1970 August 1992Retired

Other seats contested: Syndal 1967

Inaugural speech

Appointments: Deputy Premier 1982-89. Minister of Education Services 1982-84. Minister of Education 1982-85. Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources 1985-88. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs 1988-89. Minister for the Arts 1988-89. New Zealand Insurance Company committee 1972. Trustee Cos Bill committee 1973. Public Accounts committee 1973-77. House committee 1973-79. Standing Orders committee 1977-82. Land Tax Review 1990-91.
Publications: Education for Life 1976. Ministerial Papers 1-6 1983-84.


References: Who's Who in Australia 1971-1983, Victorian Parliamentary Handbook, 'Notable Australians', Melbourne, 1978, Herald 29 June 1977, Western Suburbs Advertiser 26 Apr 1979, SNP 27 Aug 1982, Age 6 Apr, 25 May 1982, personal information
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: August 2001 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.