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ROXON, the Hon. Nicola LouiseBiography for ROXON, the Hon. Nicola Louise

Member for Gellibrand (Vic) 1998-2013

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

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

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Health and Ageing from 3.12.07 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Emergency Management from 5.3.12 to 4.2.13.

Attorney-General from 14.12.11 to 4.2.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01 and from 2.12.04 to 6.2.07; Privileges and Members' Interests from 5.2.13 to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.99 to 9.8.99.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to France and Malaysia, October 2010; China, April 2011; USA, September 2011 and May 2012.

Member. Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.11.01 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Children and Youth from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Status of Women from 18.2.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03; Shadow Attorney-General from 8.12.03 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Health from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Party Positions

FEA Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic).

Member, Public Office Selection Committee.

Convener, National Labor Women's Network 1999-2004.


Born 1.4.1967 at Sydney, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Hons) (Melb).

Judge's Associate, the Hon. Justice Mary Gaudron, High Court of Australia 1992-94.

Union organiser, National Union of Workers 1994-96.

Industrial lawyer: Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn and Co 1996-98.


Potential and reality: women workers and the structural efficiency principle, Melbourne: Centre for Industrial Relations and Labour Studies, 1991.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: western Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Footscray, Footscray West, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Tottenham, Williamstown, Williamstown North and Yarraville.

Area: 91 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 95 611 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: food processing, petrochemical and carbon products, marine engineering facilities, transport facilities, warehousing, tertiary education, tourism and retail industries.

State electorates: Gellibrand includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Williamstown, and parts of Altona and Footscray.