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TEHAN, the Hon. Daniel (Dan) ThomasBiography for TEHAN, the Hon. Daniel (Dan) Thomas

Member for Wannon (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wannon, Victoria, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Defence Materiel from 18.2.16 to 19.7.16.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 18.2.16.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 18.2.16.

Minister for Defence Personnel from 19.7.16.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security from 19.7.16.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Agriculture and Industry from 4.12.13 to 11.2.16; Regional Australia from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 14.3.12 to 5.8.13; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 4.12.13 to 2.3.16; Intelligence and Security from 12.12.13 to 2.3.16 (Chair from 12.12.13 to 25.2.16).

Party Positions

Deputy State Director, Liberal Party (Vic.)


Born 27.1.1968, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Master of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Monash).

Master of International Relations (Kent).

Farm hand 1986.

Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra 1995-98.

Diplomat 1999-2001.

Trade Adviser, Office of the Minister for Trade 2002-05.

Senior Adviser, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005-06.

Chief of Staff, Office of the Minister for Small Business and Tourism 2006-07.

Director of Trade Policy and International Affairs, ACCI 2007-08.

Deputy State Director, Liberal Party (Vic.) 2008-09.


Description: rural.

Location: south-western Victoria; it includes the shires of Glenelg, Southern Grampians, Moyne, Ararat, Warrnambool, Corangamite, Pyrenees and Central Goldfields and the centres of Ararat, Avoca, Camperdown, Casterton, Hamilton, Koroit, Maryborough, Port Campbell, Port Fairy, Portland, Terang and Warrnambool.

Area: 32 047 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 99 155 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: beef and dairy cattle, prime lamb, fine wool, grain, fodder, forestry, fishing, wineries, aluminium smelting, mineral sands mining, electricity generation, retail, wind farms, shipping exports including grain, wood chip, dairy products, tourism and live sheep.