27 June 2011
I am delighted to write this reference for Rod Nockles in support of his endorsement as the Liberal candidate in the federal seat of Corangamite.
Rod has a broad background with a solid record of success and accomplishment in all his endeavours. I have always been impressed with his determination to see things through and achieve the very high goals he sets for himself.
He joined the Royal Australian Navy as a junior recruit and was quickly identified as a young man of ability and potential. After qualifying as a specialist communications sailor, Rod was commissioned and served as a Seaman Officer. He completed a number of deployments in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and was badly injured while deployed to fight bushfires in Northern Victoria.
Rod demonstrated academic ability of a high order, having completed an Honours Degree in Politics and Economics from La Trobe University and a Masters Degree from the Australian National University.
In Government, he served me as Senior Adviser and Chief of Staff for five years at a time of considerable policy reform in a very demanding portfolio. He has a firm grasp of sensitive policy issues having taken responsibility for several key initiatives, including the development of Youth Allowance, Work for the Dole, and the Stronger Families and Communities Package. At all times I found him to be hard working, diligent, and possessed of political judgment of the highest order.
Rod has also enjoyed considerable success in the private sector and has run his own business for ten years. In 2006, his national standing in internet security and safety was recognised with the award of a Churchill Fellowship.
Rod is an active member of his community. He is President of DoCare Geelong and has been on its board for six years. He is a member of the Gherang Community and Environment Group, and represents that community as an appointed member of the Greenearth Energy Community Reference Group. Rod is also a local fireguard coordinator.
He is married to an intelligent and supportive wife, Zara, who worked on the staff of Senator the Hon John Herron, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the Howard Government. They have three delightful children. Their family is a credit to them and they share a commitment to the very best traditions of the Liberal Party.
I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him to you and I am confident he will not let you down. He would work tirelessly to win the seat and return the Coalition to Government.
The Hon Jocelyn Newman AO
Minister for Social Security 1996-1998
Minister for family and Community Services 1998-2001