Ever wondered what happens to former politicians? You won’t find a list as definitive as this one anywhere else.

NameFormer positionNew job
Peter AdamsonCLP Science Minister in NTElected Darwin’s new mayor despite rival Dawn Laurie winning 15 of the 15 booths. But guess whose name was on the top of the alphabetical order ballot paper?
Mike AhernQld Nat – PremierRoving Queensland Ambassador in Asia.
Lynne ArnoldSA Labor PremierFormer CEO of World Vision Australia.
Doug AnthonyFed National Party leaderFormer director of Normandy Mining.
Larry AnthonyFederal minister for Children and Youth AffairsA director of Australia’s largest childcare company, ABC Learning.
Brian AustenQld Lib and Nat – Finance MinisterAged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
Dale BakerSA Liberal, Primary Industries MinisterAgribusiness investor, winery owner.
Neil BattTas Labor deputy premierFormer Chairman Armstrong Jones (formerly Heine), now health insurance lobbyist
Angelo BertoniQld Nat – HealthSmall business owner.
Paul BraddyGoss government Education & Police Minister and IR Minister for BeattieDirector of Corporate Liason at Sky Channel, a wholly owned subidiary of TAB Ltd which was privatised by the Carr government.
Ray BraithwaiteLow-profile Liberal frontbencherResigned and parachuted on to the Productivity Commission.
Alan BrownVic Liberal Transport MinisterBig investor in Wonthaggi.
Brian BurkeWA Labor PremierOut of jail, lobbyist with Julian Grill, consultant to CFMEU and political pundit.
John ButtonFed Labor Industry MinisterChairman GBS Venture Partners
Kate CarnellACT Liberal Chief MinisterJust left National Association of Forest Industries to become a lobbyist for the doctors.
Fred ChaneyFederal Deputy Liberal leader and Social Security MinisterChancellor of Murdoch University, Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia Ltd.
Yvonne ChapmanQld Nat – Transport and Ethnic AffairsMayor of Pine Rivers Shire.
Mike ClearyALP police and IR Minister in Queensland“Consultant” at Deacons Lawyers in Brisbane.
Pat CombenQld ALP – Environment and EducationDirector Wildlife Preservation Society, Consultant for The Rowland Company, Environment Reporter Channel 7
David ConnollyFederal LiberalBeaten for pre-selection after two decades in a Sydney blue-ribbon seat, had his pain eased with the job as South African high commissioner
Barry CoulterFormer CLP deputy chief minister in the NTNow director of Capiteq, trading as Airnorth.
Greg CrafterALP Minister in SA for 10 years under BannonHas been a consultant lawyer at Johnston Withers since 1994 and is President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation – the latter might be voluntary, but at any rate he gets to fly to Europe at no cost several times a year.
Ken DavisQld ALP Emergency Services, Consumer AffairsCEO Shire of Mornington.
John DawkinsFederal Labor TreasurerDirector of St George Bank’s Sealcorp Mastertrust division and director of lobbyists Goverment Relations Australia. So much for a quiet life in the sticks making wine in South Australia.
Keith De LacyQld ALP – TreasurerChairman of Ergon Energy, Trinity Funds Management, Director of QIC, Securities Exchange Guarantee Corporation, Cairns International University, Reef Casino Trust board.
Nick DondasFormer CLP Minister in the NTThe former restaurateur now runs his own upmarket ‘corner shop’.
Sam DoumanyQld Lib, Attorney GeneralDirector Forbio Ltd, Berala Ltd, Bestway Pacific Ltd, Chairman Dairy Industry Authority 1985-91.
John DowdLiberal Attorney General in NSWAppointed a justice of the Supreme court by the Greiner government after his stint in Macquarie Street.
Peter DowdingWA Labor Premier after BurkeBarrister in Perth.
Bob Ellicott QCAttorney General in Fraser GovernmentQC at the NSW Bar and member of the Australian Citizenship Council.
Paul EveringhamFirst CLP Chief Minister in the NTBecame a lawyer in Queensland then WA Liberal state director.
Robert FordhamVic Labor Deputy PremierHead of Gippsland business association.
Bob GibbsQld ALP – Tourism, Sport and RacingQld Trade Commissioner in LA
Robin GrayTasmanian Liberal PremierAgribuisiness investor with Dale Baker and director of tree-lopping giant Gunns Ltd.
Wayne GossQueensland Labor PremierDirector Peplin Biotech and Webcentral, Adjunct Prof of Law at Qld Uni
Nick GreinerNSW Liberal PremierMulti-millionaire professional director.
Alan GriffithsALP Federal Minister for Industry, famous for sandwich shop affairDot com survivor.
Phil GudeVictorian Liberal MinisterPartner in PR firm, professional director, chairman of privatised Victorian public transport company.
Bob HalversonFormer Federal Liberal SpeakerBeing appointed Ambassador to Ireland by Howard softened the pain of being dumped as speaker.
Gerry HandFederal Labor Immigration MinisterConsultant, casino investor (Christmas Island).
Neville HarperQld Nat. – Attorney-General, Primary IndustriesJewellery shop owner.
Bob HawkeLabor PMMulti-millionaire property developer, investor, consultant on Asia.
Don HaywoodVic Liberal Education MinisterDirector of Abigroup, Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Zoo.
Dr John HewsonFed Lib leaderAFR columnist, former director CBD Online and Ticor Ltd
John HodgesQLD Federal Lib and former Fraser Immigration MinisterMember of the Migration Agents Registration Scheme and paid chair of External Reference Group – Review of the Poits Test.
Rex JacksonNSW Labor Prisons MinisterHot dog stall proprietor in Heathcote but a bad back has seen his brother take over the operation. We’re not sure he has a pension because of the early release of prisoner bribery scandal that forced him to resign.
Gary JohnsQueensland Labor and special minister of state in Keating GovernmentLabor rat. Now a senior fellow of the IPA and regular newspaper columnist.
Rob JollyVic ALP TreasurerEnvironmental consultant, appointed by Bracks to government advisory body.
Mike KaiserQld Labor and former State SecretaryPR consultant for CPR and then assistant National Secretary of ALP.
Paul KeatingFederal Labor PMMulti-millionaire investor, regular newspaper letter writer and consultant specialising on Asia.
Ros KellyFed Labor Environment MinisterEnvironmental consultant working for Dames & Moore.
Jim KennanVic Labor Attorney GeneralSelf-appointed QC, consultant specialising on India.
Jeff KennettVic Liberal Premierchairman of Beyond Blue and golf promoter.
Joan KirnerVic Labor PremierCo-convenor of Emily’s List; Board member, Australian Children’s Television Foundation; Board member, Playbox Theatre; Matron, Living Museum of the West, the Women’s Circus and Positive Women (and others!).
Rob KnowlesVic Liberal Health MinisterFormer consultant to Macquarie Bank.
Jong LangmoreFed Labor backbencherDirector, Social Development Division, United Nations, NY.
Michael LavarchFed Labor Attorney General“special counsel”, Dunhill Madden Butler (Now Deacons) in Brisbane till August 2001 and now Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia.
Bruce LloydFederal National Party MPChairman of the Landcare Council.
Michael LeeFederal Labor Communications and Arts MinisterFailed Sydney Lord Mayor candidate, director of Integral Energy.
Jim LongleyGreiner’s NSW Community Services MinisterNow a senior executive with the Commonwealth Bank.
Stephen LooselyALP Federal Secretary and SenatorJames Hardie lobbyist, PwC Partner, contributor to several News Ltd papers and board member of NRL
Wendy MachinNSW Consumer Affairs MinisterCorporate affairs for SCI, world’s biggest funeral parlour company.
Steve MartinFederal ALP SpeakerNow vice chancellor of Victoria University.
Ian McLachlanFederal Liberal Defence MinisterResigned and quickly emerged as chairman of the Wool Industry Task Force.
Tony MessnerFederal Liberal MPAppointed administrator of Norfolk Island and another former Howard flatmate to score a cushy job.
Glen MillinerQld ALP – Corrective and Admin ServicesConsultant.
Wal MurrayNSW Nat Leader, Deputy PremierMoree fish shop proprietor.
Peter NixonFed National Primary Industries MinisterNow retired chairman of Southern Cross Broadcasting and appointed by Howard as chairman of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme. Also a former deputy chairman of Bob Ansett’s failed Budget Corp.
Bill O’CheeNational Party senator from QueenslandSet up a failed web company B2G whilst driving a Green Maserati, refusing to pay his wife or the rent and living off his $43,000 a year pension at the ripe old age of 34.
Stephen O’DohertyShadow Liberal Minister for Education in NSWCEO Christian Schools of Australia and 2GB presenter.
Max OrtmanCLP Minister in the NTThe man who famously tried to strangle The 7.30 Report’s Jeremy Thompson now runs a building supplies business called Permaline.
Andrew PeacockFederal Liberal Foreign AffairsChairman of Boeing Australia.
Marshall PerronCLP chief minister in the NTNow ‘consultant’ to motor sport – particular involvement in the V8 touring cars.
Ron PhillipsNSW Liberal Health MinisterConsultant for health and aged care.
Michael PhotiusLib Transport Minister in NSWConsultant to people like Frank Lowy’s Westfield group.
Neil PopeVic Labor IR MinisterIR consultant.
Lionel PowellQld Nat – EducationTeacher.
Jim RandellQld Nat – Local Govt, Racing and HousingSugar farming.
Chris PuplickLiberal Senatorformer head of NSW Anti-Discrimination body.
Peter ReithFederal Defence MinisterTakes a consultancy with Australia’s biggest defence contractor a couple of days after retiring as Defence Minister. Now in London with the European Bank of Reconstruction.
Graham RichardsonFederal Labor, Communications and Health MinisterKerry Packer’s political fixer.
Alan RocherDumped Federal Lib from WA and Howard mateDespite running as an independent against the Liberal Party Rocher was still appointed by Howard as consul-general in Los Angeles.
Tom RoperVic Labor TreasurerWorked in Canada and London, tutored new Bracks ministers on how to be ministers.
Susan RyanFed Labor Education MinisterHead of superannuation association.
Mal SandonVic Labor Police MinisterHonorary adviser to Vic Transport Minister.
Les ScottFormer member for Oxley after Hayden and before HansonNow a Brisbane-based mortgage broker.
Terry SheahanLabor Minister in NSWAppointed by Labor a Judge on the Land & Environment Court of NSW.
Jim ShortFormer Federal Liberal Assistant TreasurerAnother former Howard flatmate and now chairman of the microscope technology manufacturer IATIA. After quitting over a conflict of interest from owning ANZ shares, Howard appointed him executive director of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in Paris which just happened to be where his son Michael worked for Bloomberg.
Kerry SibraaFed Labor Senate PresidentDirector of Zimplats Ltd
Warwick SmithFed Liberal Sports MinisterHead of external relations with Macquarie Bank
John SpenderFederal Liberal MPGiven the plum posting of Ambassador to France which his famous fashion designing wife Carla Zampatti just loved. Carla was also appointed chairman of SBS.
Alan StockdaleVic Liberal TreasurerHead of external relations at Macquarie Infrastructure Group.
Shane StoneCLP Chief Minister in the NTBecame Federal President of the Liberal Party.
Bill TaylorQueensland LiberalAppointed administrator of the Indian Ocean territories.
Barry UnsworthNSW Labor PremierDirector of Tempo Services, cleaner of all NSW government schools.
Evan WalkerVic Labor Planning MinisterVisiting professor at Melbourne Uni, consultant to Bracks government.
Robert WebsterNSW Nat, Planning MinisterExecutive director of International Banking Association, dir MMI, Mirvac Property Trust, Rothmans.
Gary West(NSW National, Energy Minister)Corporate and government affairs chief at Unilever.
David WhiteVic Labor Industry MinisterChairman Connex Trains, door opener in Melbourne for Hawker Britten
Terry WhiteQld Lib Leader, Welfare MinisterChairman Faulding Retail Board, Director of White Retail Group, President Pharmacy Guild. Owner Terry White Pharmacy chain. Rob Borbidge appointed him to the Queensland WorkCover board and Beattie reappointed him.
Michael WooldridgeFederal Liberal Health MinisterApproves $5 million in funding to the College of GPs and then takes a consultancy with them a few weeks later.
Neville WranNSW Labor PremierMulti-millionaire consultant, merchant banker, director Webcentral and Cabcharge.
Michael YabsleyNSW Lib Corrective Services MinisterPaid Liberal fundraiser and lobbyist.