David Bushby

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David Bushby
Consul-General of Australia in Chicago
Assumed office
January 2019
Preceded byMichael Wood
Chief Government Whip in the Senate
In office
1 July 2014 – 21 January 2019
Prime Minister
Preceded byHelen Kroger
Succeeded byDean Smith
Senator for Tasmania
In office
30 August 2007 – 21 January 2019
Preceded byPaul Calvert
Personal details
David Christopher Bushby

(1965-07-17) 17 July 1965 (age 58)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Political partyLiberal
RelationsMax Bushby (father)
Wendy Askew (sister)
ChildrenThree daughters
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania

David Christopher Bushby (born 17 July 1965) is an Australian diplomat and former politician who served as a Senator for Tasmania from August 2007 to January 2019, representing the Liberal Party. He was the Chief Government Whip in the Senate for the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments from 1 July 2014 until he resigned on 21 January 2019. Bushby currently serves as Consul-General of Australia in Chicago since 2019.

Early life[edit]

Bushby was born in Launceston, Tasmania, the son of Max Bushby, a Tasmanian MP and later Speaker of the State House of Assembly. He was educated at the University of Tasmania, where he graduated in economics and law, and the Australian Maritime College, from where he received a diploma in business. Prior to entering parliament, Bushby was a practising lawyer and political adviser.[1]


In May 2007, Bushby was preselected for Tasmanian Liberal Senate ticket in the number two position ahead of the 2007 election.[2] Consequently, Bushby appeared destined to enter the federal parliament at the beginning of the next Senate term in July 2008 given the highly electable nature of this position on the ticket. In fact his entry to federal parliament came sooner. On 30 August 2007, Bushby was appointed to the Senate by the Tasmanian parliament to fill the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Paul Calvert.[3]

On 18 January 2019, Bushby announced his resignation from the Senate, effective on 21 January.[4] Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne announced an hour later that Bushby would be nominated as Australia's consul-general in Chicago.[5] The Tasmanian Liberals preselected his sister Wendy Askew as his replacement in the Senate; she served the remainder of his six-year term, which expired in June 2022.[6]


  1. ^ David Bushby, Liberal candidate
  2. ^ "Watson dumped from Liberal Party Senate ticket". ABC. 12 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 May 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  3. ^ "David Bushby, Senate Biography". Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Mixed reaction to Bushby's surprise departure from Senate". 7HOFM Hobart. 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ Coulter, Ellen (18 January 2019). "Chief Senate Whip set to take up Chicago posting after announcing resignation". ABC News. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  6. ^ Vinall, Frances (2 February 2019). "David Bushby's sister Wendy Askew will replace him in Federal senate". The Examiner. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Wood
Consul-General of Australia in Chicago