John Barker

Strategic Partner

Areas of interest: Government Relations

Font Public Relations has a strategic alliance with leading consultant John Barker of John Barker and Associates. John specialises in advice and assistance for both business and government by creating networks, increasing mutual understanding and fostering positive relationships which impact positively on the economy.

Through this unique alliance, Font Public Relations clients are able to access an extensive business and political network and unique understanding of government administration and politics invaluable for when developing proposals, submissions and in negotiating outcomes for commercial developments in Tasmania and interstate.

John Barker commenced as a public administrator in 1964 and in 1980 he was appointed to a senior staffing position in the personal office of Labor Premier of Tasmania Hon Doug Lowe MHA. The following year, John held a similar position in Labor Premier Hon Harry Holgate MHA’s personal office. Following the election of the government of Hon Robin Gray MHA in 1982, John was appointed senior private secretary to the Premier. John also held the position of senior government liaison officer, linking government to business and the community.

In 1987 John was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly in the Tasmanian Government, representing the seat of Denison and shortly after was elected Government Whip. He retained this position until 1989, when he was elected Opposition Whip and appointed to Shadow Ministerial portfolios including national parks and wildlife, public sector management, Aboriginal affairs and racing and gaming.

From 1992 until 1995, John performed the duties of State Government Cabinet Secretary, Government Whip, Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. In 1994 he was appointed assistant economic development Minister and in 1995 was appointed Minister with the portfolios of employment, public sector management and, racing and gaming.

John created John Barker and Associates in 1996 recognising the need for a link to bridge the gap in understanding between government and business.


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