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BUTLER, the Hon. Mark ChristopherBiography for BUTLER, the Hon. Mark Christopher

Member for Port Adelaide (SA)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Port Adelaide, South Australia, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing from 14.9.10 to 1.7.13.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform from 7.9.11 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Social Inclusion from 14.12.11 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness from 4.2.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Climate Change from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 19.2.08 to 15.6.09; Environment from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 18.2.08 to 15.6.09; Public Works from 18.2.08 to 15.6.09.

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library from 18.2.08 to 9.6.09.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (SA) from 1993.

Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1998.

President, ALP (SA) 1997-98.

Member, ALP National Executive from 2000.


Born 8.7.1970, Canberra, ACT.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA(Jur), LLB(Hons)(Adel).

MIntRel (Deakin).

Union official 1992-2007.


Awarded Centenary Medal, 2003.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: north-western Adelaide; it includes the suburbs of Alberton, Beverley, Birkenhead, Cheltenham, Findon, Kilkenny, Largs Bay, Mansfield Park, North Haven, Ottoway, Parafield Gardens, Paralowie, Pennington, Port Adelaide, Queenstown, Rosewater, Salisbury Downs, Semaphore, Woodville and West Croydon, and parts of Seaton. It also includes Torrens and Garden Islands.

Area: 181 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 113 346 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: brewery, cement, commercial fishing, electricity generation, flour mills, grain bulk handling, heavy engineering, manufacturing industry, motion pictures, petroleum storage, police academy, salt, shipping, stevedoring, warship and submarine construction, waste disposal and wool stores.

State electorates: Port Adelaide includes the South Australian House of Assembly electorate of Cheltenham, and parts of Colton, Croydon, Enfield, Lee, Port Adelaide, Ramsay and Taylor.