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HOBART TAS 7000
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SORELL, TAS 7172
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Rene Hidding is one of the Tasmanian Parliament's most experienced Members, now in his 20th year in Parliament.
Elected in 1996 and following seven years as an Alderman of the City of Launceston, Rene was part of a substantial family business in the building and hardware industry.
Rene represents the electorate of Lyons in the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He served as Cabinet Secretary in the Rundle Government and was Leader of the Opposition for four years from 2002.
Rene has developed a strong background in public policy development across most portfolios and currently is the Minister for Police and Emergency Management and Minister for Infrastructure, and Portfolio Minister for four state owned companies and one Government Business Enterprise.
The Tasmanian Liberals, following the disastrous 2002 election outcome, have rebuilt their stocks, first under the leadership of Rene Hidding and since then under Will Hodgman who led the Party to the recent historic result.
Rene has considerable international experience with the development of the Westminster Parliamentary system throughout the Commonwealth, through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Rene is married with four adult children and eleven grandchildren.