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BILLSON, the Hon. Bruce FredrickBiography for BILLSON, the Hon. Bruce Fredrick

Member for Dunkley (Vic) 1996-2016

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Dunkley, Victoria, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.7.04 to 26.10.04.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 26.10.04 to 6.7.05.

Parliamentary Secretary (Foreign Affairs) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 6.7.05 to 27.1.06.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Minister for Small Business from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98; Environment and Heritage from 8.12.98 to 31.8.04; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 17.2.00 to 8.10.01; Privileges from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Communications from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10; Economics from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10.

Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 13.10.15 to 9.5.16.

Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 22.2.16 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and Cities from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Small Business, Deregulation, Competition Policy and Sustainable Cities from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party from 1986.

Secretary and Committee Member, Flinders Electoral Committee 1988-94.

Delegate, State Assembly and Province Electoral Committee 1988-92.

Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (Vic) 1988-92.


Born 26.1.1966, Albury, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BBus (RMIT).

Master of Business Leadership (RMIT).

Graduate Diploma of Management (RMIT).

Manager, Corporate Development, Shire of Hastings 1993-94.

Ministerial Adviser to the State Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon. CG Coleman, MLA (Vic) 1994-96.

Policy Adviser to the Federal Shadow Minister for the Environment, Senator CR Kemp 1995.

Local Government Service

Council Delegate, Mornington Peninsula Tourism 1989-94.

Council Delegate, Peninsula Library Service 1990-94.

Executives Group Delegate, Western Port Development Council 1992-94.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: south eastern outskirts of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs include Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Mt Eliza, Mornington and Seaford, and parts of Baxter and Skye.

Area: 140 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 99 004 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: light industry, commercial and retail.

State electorates: Dunkley includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Frankston, and parts of Carrum, Hastings and Mornington.