Tim Owen

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Air Commodore
Tim Owen
AM MSS MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Newcastle
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded byJodi McKay
Majority2.6% (2011)
Personal details
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Charlotte Owen
Children3 (m)
ResidenceNewcastle, New South Wales
OccupationPolitician
WebsiteParliamentary webpage
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branchRoyal Australian Air Force
Years of service1984–2008
RankAir Commodore
UnitSurveillance and Response Group
Battles/warsIraq War
Afghanistan war
 
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For the English barrister, see Tim Owen (barrister).
Air Commodore
Tim Owen
AM MSS MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Newcastle
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded byJodi McKay
Majority2.6% (2011)
Personal details
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Charlotte Owen
Children3 (m)
ResidenceNewcastle, New South Wales
OccupationPolitician
WebsiteParliamentary webpage
Military service
Allegiance Australia
Service/branchRoyal Australian Air Force
Years of service1984–2008
RankAir Commodore
UnitSurveillance and Response Group
Battles/warsIraq War
Afghanistan war

Timothy Francis "Tim" Owen AM MSS MP, is an Australian politician and a former deputy commander of the Australian forces. He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Newcastle for the Liberal Party of Australia since the 2011 New South Wales State election.[1]

Air Force career[edit]

Owen served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), commencing in 1977, and rising to the rank of Air Commodore and Deputy Commander of the Australian Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Owen's career in the RAAF consisted of him holding various ranks and positions including:[2]

In 1978, Owen moved to Williamtown - the site of a large RAAF military base and has lived in the region, when not on active duty, for 15 years.[3][4] He completed a Masters in Strategic Studies (MSS) in 1999 and resigned from the Air Force and the Australian Defence Force in 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer of CI Agent Solutions,[1] a company that provides oil-spill solutions to the defence and aerospace industry sector.

He is married to Charlotte and they live in Newcastle with three adult sons.

Political career[edit]

In October 2010 Owen joined the Liberal Party and on 11 December 2010 was endorsed as the party's candidate for Newcastle at the 2011 state election.[4] Whilst it was widely reported[5] that Labor's chances were running low in the historically safe seat it was expected[6] that the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, John Tate who was running as an independent candidate, was most likely to defeat Jodi McKay, the incumbent Labor member and Minister. Bookies had Owen placed at odds of $5.25 for a win, as an outside chance.[6]

Leaked Labor Party internal polling on the eve of the election showed that Owen and the Liberal Party were well placed to defeat McKay and Tate. The polling showed Owen's primary support at 30 per cent; McKay (Labor) was at 25 per cent; and Tate's vote had "collapsed" to 16 per cent.[7] At the election, Owen achieved a swing of 26.9% and won the seat with 52.6% of the vote on a two party preferred basis.[3]

McKay conceded in a statement to the press that: "The people have had their say... I accept the decision of the Newcastle community that they do not want me to continue in this role."[8] The seat of Newcastle had been held by the Labor Party for its 84 years of existence as a single member electorate, except being held by an independent between 1988 and 1991.[3]

In May 2014 Owen announced that would not contest his seat at the next NSW election after admitting that prohibited donors had "probably" contributed to his 2011 campaign.[9]

Honours and awards[edit]

Owen became a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) (AM) on 26 January 2007.[10] He received the Australian Active Service Medal and the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals in 2009.[1]

RibbonDescriptionNotesDate awardedCitation
Ribbon for the Order of Australia (Military Division)Order of Australia (Military Division)26 January 2007for exceptional service in the development of the Royal Australian Air Force's surveillance and response capability
Ribbon of the AASMAustralian Active Service Medal[1]with ICAT clasp2009
Ribbon of the Afghanistan Medal for AustraliaAfghanistan Medal[1]2009
Ribbon of the Iraq Medal for AustraliaIraq Medal[1]2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr (Tim) Timothy Francis Owen, AM, MSS MP". Members of the NSW Legislative Assembly. Parliament of New South Wales. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "AIRCDRE Tim Owen, Commander, RAAF Surveillance and Response Group". Australian Defence Magazine (Yaffa Publishing Group). 10 January 2008. ISSN 1324-6550. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Newcastle". NSW Votes 2011 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Liberal Party Selects Candidate for Newcastle". Media release. Liberal Party of Australia. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Norrie, Justin (25 March 2011). "Tide turns in city taken for granted". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Wood, Alicia (27 February 2011). "Bookies bet on Labor rout". The Border Mail (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Harris, Michelle (25 March 2011). "ALP polling shows Liberals set for win". The Newcastle Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jodi McKay concedes defeat". The Newcastle Herald (Fairfax Media). 31 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Gordon, Jason, & Carr, Matt (2014-05-12). "Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen says he will not contest next election". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Search Australian honours: OWEN, Timothy Francis". Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Jodi McKay
Member for Newcastle
2011 – present
Incumbent