Gary Punch

Gary Francis Punch (born 21 August 1957) is a former Australian politician and government minister.

Gary Punch
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Barton
In office
5 March 1983  29 January 1996
Preceded byJim Bradfield
Succeeded byRobert McClelland
Personal details
Born (1957-08-21) 21 August 1957 (age 64)
Arncliffe, New South Wales
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationIndustrial 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.[1][2]