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CHALMERS, Dr James (Jim) EdwardBiography for CHALMERS, Dr James (Jim) Edward

Member for Rankin (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Rankin, Queensland, 2013.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics from 4.12.13 to 19.10.15; Tax and Revenue from 4.12.13 to 22.10.15.

Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 2.10.14 to 22.10.15.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 18.10.13 to 13.10.15.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment from 18.10.13 to 13.10.15.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment from 13.10.15.

Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation from 13.10.15.

Shadow Minister for Productivity from 13.10.15.

Shadow Minister for Sport from 13.10.15.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Resources from 4.5.16.

Party Positions

Various local ALP positions from 1997.

Secretary, ALP National Policy Committee 2003-04.

Rankin ALP State Conference Delegate from 2011.


Born 2.3.1978, Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, BComm (Griffith), PhD (ANU).

Research officer, Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Qld) 1999-2001.

Tutor in politics and public policy, ANU and UC 2001.

ALP National Research Manager 2002-04.

Media Adviser to the Shadow Treasurer 2005-06.

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition 2006.

Senior Adviser to the Premier of New South Wales 2006-07.

Queensland General Manager CPR 2007.

Deputy Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser to the Treasurer 2007-10.

Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer 2010-13.

Executive Director, Chifley Research Centre 2013.


Glory Daze: how a world-beating nation got so down on itself, Melbourne: MUP, 2013.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: outer southern Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Algester, Berrinba, Browns Plains, Calamvale, Crestmead, Daisy Hill, Drewvale, Heritage Park, Hillcrest, Kingston, Logan Central, Marsden, Parkinson, Priestdale, Regents Park, Rochedale South, Slacks Creek, Springwood, Underwood and Woodridge.

Area: 131 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 96 516 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: retail and service industries.

State electorates: Rankin includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Woodridge, and parts of Algester, Logan, Springwood, Stretton and Waterford.