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COX, David AlexanderBiography for COX, David Alexander

Member for Kingston (SA) 1998-2004

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingston, South Australia, 1998 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2004.

Committee service

House of Representatives Standing: Education and Training from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 11.12.02 to 31.8.04.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02.

Parliamentary party positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.11.01 to 22.10.04. Shadow Minister for Employment Services and Training from 25.11.01 to 23.8.02; Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 23.8.02 to 22.10.04; and Shadow Minister for Revenue from 8.12.03 to 22.10.04.

Party positions

Member, ALP from 1975.

Secretary, Kingston Federal Electoral Council 1981-83; President 1994-96.

Member, ALP National Economic Platform Committee 1994-95.

Member, ALP State Executive (SA) 1996-97.


Born 1.8.1954, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BA(Hons) (Flinders), MBA (Adel).

Public servant 1977-81.

Research assistant to the Hon. MJ Young, MP 1981-83.

Adviser to the Minister of Mines and Energy (SA), the Hon. RG Payne, MHA 1983-86.

Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon. PA Walsh 1986-90.

Senior Adviser to the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. GN Bilney, MP 1990-91.

Principal Adviser to the Treasurer, the Hon. JC Kerin, MP 1991.

Senior Adviser to the Treasurer and the Minister for Finance, the Hon. R Willis, MP 1991-92.

Economic Adviser to the Treasurer (SA), the Hon. FT Blevins, MHA 1992-93.

Chief of Staff to the Premier (SA), the Hon. LMF Arnold, MHA 1993.

Principal Adviser to the Treasurer, the Hon. R Willis, MP, 1994-96.

Consultant 1997.

Grapegrower 1998.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: south-western Adelaide; it includes the suburbs of Aldinga Beach, Christie Downs, Christies Beach, Hackham, Hallett Cove, Happy Valley, Hunterfield Heights, Lonsdale, Maslin Beach, Moana, Morphett Vale, Onkaparinga Hills, Port Noarlunga, Reynella, Seaford, Sellicks Beach, Sheidow Park, Port Willunga, Woodcroft and Woodend.

Area: 170 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 85 398 (at 10.11.01).

Industries: oil refinery, motor vehicle engines and components, various small industries including optical lenses, clothing, plastics and light engineering.

State electorates: Kingston includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorate of Reynell, and parts of Bright, Fisher, Kaurna, Mawson and Mitchell.