Gary Francis Punch (born 21 August 1957) is a former Australian politician and government minister.
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
5 March 1983 – 29 January 1996
|Preceded by||Jim Bradfield|
|Succeeded by||Robert McClelland|
|Born||21 August 1957|
Arncliffe, New South Wales
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Occupation||Industrial relations manager|
Punch was born in Arncliffe, New South Wales and educated at Hurstville Boys High School and subsequently obtained a commerce degree. He was an industrial relations and personnel manager before entering parliament. He was an alderman of Hurstville Municipal Council from 1977 to 1983 and was elected mayor in 1978, when he was 21, and held that position until he stood for parliament.