Rob Pyne

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About

Rob Pyne was born in Gordonvale and raised in Edmonton. His great grandfather James Pyne moved to Cairns in 1876, so Rob is certainly a local.

Rob worked in various professions after leaving school, including the Public Trustee, where he was employed until breaking his neck in an accident in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. Rob then decided to study to assist him to re-enter the work force, completing a BA in History and Politics at JCU and a Law Degree at QUT. He has also volunteered for a number of community bodies.

After working at JCU from 2000 – 2007, Rob decided to campaign full-time for Council. Rob was elected to Cairns Regional Council in 2008 as Councillor for Division 3 and Re-Elected in 2012.

At the 2015 state election Rob was elected to represent the electorate of Cairns in the State Parliament. Rob served on the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee during 2015.

In 2015 Rob resigned from the ALP to sit in Parliament as an Independent to allow him to more fully represent Cairns (without having to tow the party line out of Brisbane). Rob also left the party because of his opposition to new coal mines and some of the shocking impacts of the CSG industry.

Cairns has progressed well during Rob’s time as an MP and he has announced he will recontest the seat of Cairns at the 2017 State Election. His slogan is “Putting Cairns First!”

Rob Pyne

Rob Pyne

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Rob has volunteered for a number of different community bodies serving in several different positions:

  • President of JCU Cairns Student Assoc.
  • President of Rights in Action
  • Director of the Australian Quadriplegic Association
  • Member of the Disability Council of Queensland
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Qld
  • Member of the Physical Disability Council of Australia

Queensland Wins (2015 – 2017)

Public Assets

Stopped Asset Sales: Prior to the 2015 State Election, Rob pledged to vote to keep Ergon in public ownership and to oppose the LNPs sell off of public assets. This promise has been kept and our public assets have been protected for all Queenslanders.

Protecting Queensland Workers

Stopped Sackings and Returned Fairness to Public Sector Workers: Rob supported the roll out of a comprehensive raft of industrial relations reforms. This included:

  • Reinstating employment security for public servants;
  • Protections against the contracting out of government services;
  • Restoring immediate right of entry provisions for WHS permit holders where there are suspected safety concerns;
  • Restoring the independence of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission;
  • Re-establishing the Electrical Safety Commission; and
  • Returning Labour Day to May from 2016.

Work Cover: Immediate review of WorkCover to restore common law rights of injured workers

Job Creation

Rob supported the following Government initiatives:

  • Jobs Queensland: Allocated $40m over four years to establish Jobs Queensland
  • Infrastructure investment (2015/16): Provided a $10b infrastructure investment program supporting 27,500 direct jobs
  • Advance Queensland: Investing $180m in Advance Queensland to create jobs now and jobs for the future. There is nothing more important for each and every Queenslander than to have the opportunity to gain meaningful work, to support our communities and our way of life, to support the transition to a multi-faceted service economy.

Climate Policy

Renewable Energy: Rob supported a Government goal of achieving a 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

Adani Coal Mine: Rob opposed the Governments approval of the Adani coal mine as hypocritical and inconsistent with the Governments renewable energy goal.

Protecting The Environment

Rob supported the following Government initiatives:

  • Protecting our Great Barrier Reef: A commitment of $100 million over five years to reduce damage to the Great Barrier Reef and established an Office of the Great Barrier Reef responsible for overseeing implementation of the Government’s reef management strategies.
  • Banning Dredge Spoil Dumping: Banned the dumping of capital dredge spoil in the entire World Heritage Area.
  • Uranium Mining: Prohibited uranium mining in Queensland.
  • Objection Rights: Restored community objection rights to mining developments.

Health

Nursing: Supported legislation for nurse-to-patient ratios.

Record Funding: Successive record health budgets, including many new initiatives in the Cairns electorate http://robpyne.org/

A woman’s right to choose: Rob moved legislation to have abortion removed from the Criminal Code and treated as a women’s health issue.

Child Abuse

Waiving Statute of Limitations: Rob fought to have the statute of limitations waived so the survivors of childhood abuse could have their day in court.

Social Welfare and Community Services

Rob supported the following Government initiatives:

  • Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service: Re-established the Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service.
  • Protecting Pensioners: Provided $233m over four years to make up for Commonwealth cuts to pensioner and Senior Card holder energy, water and transport concessions.
  • Community Sector: Removed ‘no advocacy’ clauses from non-government organisation contracts.
  • Civil Unions: Restored state-sanctioned civil partnership ceremonies for straight and same-sex couples.
  • Children and Family Centres: Provided an additional commitment of $42m over four years for Children and Family Centres.
  • Domestic Violence: Implementing all 140 recommendations into domestic and family violence.

Education and Training

Rob supported the following Government initiatives:

  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work: A highly successful training initiative which was cut by the previous Newman LNP government.
  • Rescuing TAFE: Put a stop to the development of ideologically-driven “full contestability” arrangements in areas like health, education and transport

Integrity and Accountability

Rob supported the following Government initiatives:

  • Electoral Reform: Introduced legislation to restore integrity and accountability to Parliament, including lowering the political donation threshold from $12,800 back to $1000
  • Parliamentary Estimates: Restored the Parliamentary Estimates committee process

Supporting our First People

Rob supported the  Government in refunding stolen wages and establishment of a special taskforce to administer $21m in the Stolen Wages Reparations Fund.

Rob voted to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island to ensure full native title justice for the Quandamooka People.

LGBTIQ Community

Rob was the first ever Queensland MP to apologise for past injustice to LGBTIQ Queenslanders. He also voted for the following reforms:

  • Age of Consent: The age of consent was equalised for all Queenslanders.
  • Waiving past convictions: Voted to waive past conviction of homosexual Queenslanders for having sex prior to 1989 (when being a gay man was a crime).
  • Gay Panic Defence Abolished: Voted to have the archaic and unjust ‘gay panc defence’ abolished forever.

Arts

Provided $5.1 million over the next four years to a new arts program, Queensland Arts Showcase, and re-instituted the Queensland Literary Awards.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net