George Gear was elected to the federal parliament of Australia in 1983 in the House of Representatives. He served on a number of parliamentary and government committees including economics, environment, immigration, education and training and select committees on aircraft noise and bushfire control.
In 1990 Mr Gear was elected Government Whip in the House of Representatives. During this time he was a member of the House Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration which conducted an extensive Inquiry into Australia’s banking system. Mr Gear was also Chairman of the House Privileges Committee.
In 1991 Mr Gear led a parliamentary delegation to the United Nations general assembly in New York between September and December. He was attached to the Australian mission and worked as a part of their team in negotiations, speeches and chairing meetings as required.
In 1993 Mr Gear was elected to the ministry and became Assistant Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia. He represented Australia at the Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, The World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, The Asia Development Bank in Nice, the Pacific Forum in Port Moresby and the annual bilateral talks with the Japanese Government in Tokyo.
Mr Gear was the Federal Minister in charge of the Australian Tax Office, National Competition Policy where he set up the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Industry Commission. He also set up the National Competition Council to arbitrate and ensure access to important infrastructure such as rail lines. He was also Minister in charge of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).
Since leaving parliament Mr Gear has assisted the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union to set up a state of the art training facility in Western Australia.
George is the Chairman of Novus Capital. The company is involved in share trading, mergers and acquisitions, Initial Public Offerings and Corporate Advice.
Prior to entering the federal parliament George was a lecturer in electrical trades and engineering at TAFE. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree.