Stirling Hinchliffe is the Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport, Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement and serves as the Member for Sandgate, representing Brisbane’s northern bayside.
Stirling has served in a variety of economic and social portfolios, overseeing the development of affordable housing choices, growth in Queensland’s successful resources sector, a strong regional plan balancing economic growth and protection of our local environment, and delivering employment programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work. During that time, Stirling delivered fairer public transport fares in South-East Queensland and deregulated the Queensland personalised transport industry to allow for greater competition.
In his previous portfolios, Stirling’s work led to the passage of historic reforms increasing transparency and accountability to Queensland’s system of Local Government. As Minister for Local Government, he was responsible for the highly successful Works for Queensland program delivering much-needed investment and job creation in regional Queensland. In the Racing portfolio, Stirling also delivered the $70 million Country Racing package and in addition, oversaw the increase in prize money across all three racing codes. When he was Multicultural Affairs Minister, through engagement with business, industry and Local Government, Stirling was at the very forefront of moves to expand the benefits of multiculturalism outside of traditional places of settlement. Stirling is proud to have doubled funding to events and projects celebrating Queensland’s multicultural heritage through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.
Following the Palaszczuk Government's re-election in 2020, Stirling was appointed as the Minister for Tourism, Innovation, and Sport which is allowing him to ensure local perspectives and needs are represented at the highest levels of our government.
On 6 October 2021, Stirling was appointed as the Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.
Prior to his election as the State Member for Sandgate, Stirling worked for a training company and has worked in public and private sector jobs, as well has having run his own small business. Stirling’s interests include history and sport, especially basketball.