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Peter Jeremy Baldwin is a former Australian politician.


Baldwin, Peter J. was born on April 12, 1951 in Aldershot, United Kingdom. Arrived in Australia, 1959.


He attended Normanhurst Boys' High School in Sydney, later receiving a BEE from the University of Sydney, and a BA from Macquarie University.


He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998. His family moved to Australia in 1958. In the 1970s he was prominent as a left-wing activist in the Australian Labor Party (ALP), seeking to break the grip over the corrupt right-wing machine that controlled many Labor subdivisions in and near central Sydney.

As part of his campaign he uncovered substantial and illegal doctoring of the party's account books in the Enmore branch of the ALP. On 16 July 1980, he was brutally assaulted at his home in the nearby Sydney suburb of Marrickville. Pictures of his battered face dominated the front pages of newspapers around the nation, and led to increased pressure for reform of the party. No one was ever charged with the assault.

Subsequently it was alleged that the bashing was undertaken by underworld figure Tom Domican acting on suggestions from the Labor state secretary at the time, Graham Richardson. After leaving state politics, Baldwin held the seat of Sydney in the Federal Parliament from 1983 to 1998. He served as Minister for Employment and Education Services in April 1990, Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services from May 1990 to March 1993, and Minister for Social Security from March 1993 to the defeat of the Keating government in March 1996.

After leaving politics, Baldwin developed and co-founded Debategraph in March 2008, a web-based collaborative argument visualisation tool for mapping complex public policy debates, used by the White House, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Amanpour series on CNN.


Baldwin was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1975 to 1982.