Rob Pyne loves Cairns. He is currently a member of the Cairns Queensland Parliament. He was elected in January 2012.
Rob was born in Gordonvale, Queensland and raised in Edmonton. He worked at various professions until breaking his neck in 1991, becoming a quadriplegic. He then decided to embark on a study so he could re-enter the workforce.
Rob Pyne achieved his Bachelor of the Arts with honours in History and Politics from James Cook University. He then went on to gain his Bachelor of Laws in Admin Law and Government from Queensland University of Technology.
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
Rob currently lives with his wife and daughter in Mount Sheridan. He was employed by James Cook University in 200 until 2008 when he was elected to represent Division 3 on Cairns Regional Council. As a result of his hard work and dedication, he was re-elected in 2012.
Queensland Wins (2015 – 2017)
Stopped Assets Sales: Prior to the 2015 State Election Labor pledged to keep Ergon in public ownership and stop Campbell Newman’s proposed sell off of public assets. This promise has been kept and our public assets have been protected for all Queenslanders.
Stopped Sackings and Returned Fairness to Public Sector Workers: Fairness was restored in Queensland when the Palaszczuk Government rolls out a comprehensive raft of industrial relations reforms. The government’s IR reforms 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.
Integrity and Accountability: Introducing legislation to restore integrity and accountability to Parliament, including lowering the political donation threshold from $12,800 back to $1000
Put Climate Change back on the agenda:
Protecting our Great Barrier Reef: A commitment of $100 million over five years to reduce damage to the Great Barrier Reef
Rescuing TAFE: Restoring TAFE Queensland as the premier provider of vocational education and training in this state, with the Queensland Training Asset Management Repeal Bill 2014.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work: A highly successful training initiative which was cut by the previous Newman LNP government.