Eric Abetz

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Senator Eric Abetz represent the state of Tasmania in the Australian Senate. He was first elected in February 1994 to fill a casual Senate vacancy and has subsequently been re-elected in 1998 and 2004. [1] He was the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation during the Howard government and is currently the Minister for Education the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service.

Abetz is noted for his hostility to environmental groups, particularly on the issue of the logging of Tasmania's native forests. [2]

He is also noted for his strong Christian views. At a speech delivered to Salt Shakers on August 27, 2005 he said "we need to reclaim our society for Christ" [3].

His brother Peter Abetz is a member of the Western Australian parliament, and his uncle Otto Von Abets was a Nazi war criminal[4].


Contact details

Electorate Office:
136 Davey Street, Hobart
GPO Box 1675,
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6224 3707
Fax: 03 6224 3709
Toll-free: 1300 132 493

Ministerial Office:
MG 50, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6277 7600
Fax: 02 6273 4541
Email: senator.abetz AT

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