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MARLES, the Hon. Richard DonaldBiography for MARLES, the Hon. Richard Donald

Member for Corio (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Corio, Victoria, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs from 14.9.10 to 22.3.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 5.3.12 to 22.3.13.

Minister for Trade from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.2.08 (Chair from 13.3.08) to 15.6.09; Economics from 19.2.08 to 15.6.09; Employment and Workplace Relations from 19.2.08 to 15.6.09.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.5.13; Treaties from 14.5.13 (Chair from 14.5.13) to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 19.6.13 to 5.8.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 18.10.13.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP National Conference, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Member, ALP International Projects 2006-09.


Born 13.7.1967, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc, LLB(Hons) (Melb).

Solicitor 1993-94.

Federal Legal Officer, Transport Workers' Union of Australia (TWU) 1994-98; Federal Assistant Secretary 1998-2000.

Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 2000-07.


Description: provincial.

Location: south-west of Melbourne; it includes the city of Geelong and the centres of Avalon, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, Corio, Curlewis, Drysdale, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Lara, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Moolap, Newcomb, Norlane, North Shore, Portarlington, Rippleside, St Albans Park, St Leonards and Whittington, and parts of Anakie, Batesford, Clifton Springs, Fyansford, Leopold, Newtown and Thomson.

Area: 989 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 101 210 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: stevedoring, vehicle manufacturing plant, meat processing, aluminium smelter, petroleum refinery, woollen mills, saltworks, poultry and mussel farming, fishing, wood chipping, wool scouring, fertiliser refining, tourism, tannery, carpet, clothing, shoes, chemical production and aeronautical services.

State electorates: Corio includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Lara, and parts of Bellarine and Geelong.