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Biography for STAPLES, the Hon. Peter Richard

Member for Diamond Valley (Vic) 1983-84; Member for Jagajaga (Vic) 1984-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Diamond Valley, Victoria, 1983.

Re-elected following 1984 electoral redistribution for Jagajaga, Victoria, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.

Retired prior to general elections 1996.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization from 10.5.83 to 1987.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Consumer Affairs from 24.7.87 to 15.2.88.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer for Prices from 24.7.87 to 15.2.88.

Minister for Housing and Aged Care from 15.2.88 to 7.5.90.

Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services from 7.5.90 to 24.3.93.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Long Term Strategies from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 9.2.94 to 29.1.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Represented Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs Council Meeting, Georgetown, Guyana, May 1986.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Brussels and the Federal Republic of Germany, September 1986.

Leader, Australian Political Exchange Committee Delegation, United States, May 1987.

Official visits to New Zealand, October 1987; USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy and Singapore, January-February 1991; Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991; Europe, Canada and USA, January-February 1992.

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly, September-December 1994.

Party Positions

Secretary, ALP Diamond Valley Branches, 1978-82.

Secretary, Diamond Valley FEA, 1979-82.

Delegate, ALP State Conferences (Vic) 1979-82.


Born 15.10.47 at Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BAppSc (Preston Institute of Technology).

Research technician (CSIRO).

Military Service

Australian Army Reserve 1968-77.


Description: Outer metropolitan.

Location: Northern outskirts of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Bundoora, Eltham, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Heidelberg West, Ivanhoe, Macleod, Montmorency, Research, Rosanna, View Bank, Warrandyte North, Watsonia and Yallambie.

Area: 84 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 83 516 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Light industrial, La Trobe University, Simpson Army Barracks and Austin Hospital.

State electorates: not available.