Mr Gear was elected to the federal parliament in 1983 in the House of Representatives and served on a number of parliamentary and government committees including economics, environment, immigration, education and training.
During 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 and 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 various 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 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, The World Bank and International Monetary Fund In Washington, The Asia Development Bank in Nice and the Pacific Forum in Port Moresby.
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.
Mr Gear is currently working in indigenous groups in the Pilbara area of Western Australia to maximise the economic, training and employment benefits in the development of their land for housing to the mining, services and government sectors who need housing solutions in towns such as South Hedland, Newman, Karratha and Roebourne.