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Tenni, Hon Martin James

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Birth Date: 4 April 1934 (Cairns, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Henry Tenni and Francis May (nee Reed)

Family: Marion Dawn Hickling on 3 March 1956, 1 son, 1 daughter

Education: Freshwater State School; Cairns North State School; Cairns Intermediate State School

Religion: Roman Catholic


Managing director and proprietor, hardware company

Party Positions:

  1. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Local Government and Main Roads; Police; Treasury; Premier's, 1975 - 1977
  2. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Premier's; Treasury; Justice; Survey and Valuation, 1978 - 1980
  3. (NP) Member, Government Party Committees: Treasury; Premier's; Tourism; National Parks, Sport and the Arts; Northern Development and Maritime Services, 1981 - 1983

Local Government Service: Chairman, Mareeba Shire Council, 1973 to 1976; Councillor, Mareeba Shire Council, 1970 to 1973

Military Service: National Service Training, 1952

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly NP Barron River 7 Dec 1974 10 Nov 1989 Retired

Parliamentary Service

Description From To
Minister for Northern Development 19 Jan 1989 31 Aug 1989
Minister for Mines and Energy 9 Dec 1987 25 Sep 1989
Minister for Water Resources and Maritime Services 2 Feb 1986 1 Dec 1987
Minister for Environment, Valuation and Administrative Services 19 Aug 1983 6 Feb 1986
Member, Refreshment Rooms Committee 1981 1983
Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Pacific 1978

Additional Information

Notes: Interests include fishing, camping and growing exotic tropical fruits. President, Mareeba Chamber of Commerce. Chairman, state school P&C. Secretary, Mareeba Rostrum Club. Chairman, Tenni Hardware Pty Ltd. Member: RSL Club and International Club. Director, Chaps Hardware and Raintree's Hardware, Cairns.

Sources: Image sourced from the collection of the Queensland Parliamentary Library and Research Service; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1981-1992, (Sydney: Casket Publications, 1993)

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