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O'CONNOR, the Hon. Brendan PatrickBiography for O'CONNOR, the Hon. Brendan Patrick

Member for Gorton (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Burke, Victoria, 2001. Re-elected following the 2003 electoral redistribution for Gorton, Victoria, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Employment Participation from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.

Minister for Home Affairs from 9.6.09 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Justice from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Human Services from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.

Minister Assisting for School Education from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.

Minister for Housing from 5.3.12 to 4.2.13.

Minister for Homelessness from 5.3.12 to 4.2.13.

Minister for Small Business from 5.3.12 to 4.2.13.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 4.2.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Employment from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Skills and Training from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Employment and Workplace Relations from 16.2.04 to 31.8.04; Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07 (Deputy Chair from 9.12.04 to 7.12.06); Library from 2.12.04 to 7.12.05; Education and Employment from 26.3.15.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 20.3.02 (Deputy Chair from 21.3.02) to 17.10.07.

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 27.3.06 to 17.10.07.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, December 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 15th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Moscow, January 2007.

Official visits to Singapore, October 2009; Indonesia, December 2009; Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates, May 2010; Solomon Islands, December 2010; Timor-Leste, December 2010; New Zealand, March 2011; Malaysia and Indonesia, March 2011; Malaysia, June 2011; New Zealand, July 2011 and November 2011; Indonesia and China, December 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 18.10.13.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1986.

President, ALP St Kilda Branch 1988-89.

President, ALP Melton Branch 2000-01.

Delegate, ALP National Conference from 2000.

Chair, ALP Caucus Committee on Government Service Delivery from 2002.

Member, ALP Caucus Committees on Social Policy; and Economic Development and Living Standards from 2002.

Chair, Federal Labor Parliamentary Industrial Relations Taskforce from 2005.


Born 2.3.1962, London, UK.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Monash).

Diploma, Harvard Trade Union Program (Harvard).

Union official 1986-2001.

Assistant National Secretary, Australian Services Union 1993-2001.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: north-western Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Albanvale, Brookfield, Burnside, Cairnlea, Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Delahey, Derrimut, Exford, Hillside, Kings Park, Kurunjang, Melton, Melton South, Melton West, Mt Cottrell, Plumpton, Rockbank, Taylors Hill and Toolern Vale, and parts of Diggers Rest, Eynesbury, Plumpton and Truganina.

Area: 562 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 102 293 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: horse training and breeding facilities, retail and service industries.

State electorates: Gorton includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Kororoit, and parts of Macedon, Melton, Sunbury and Sydenham.