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GRIFFIN, the Hon. Alan PeterBiography for GRIFFIN, the Hon. Alan Peter

Member for Bruce (Vic) 1996-2016

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Corinella, Victoria, 1993.

Re-elected following the 1994 electoral redistribution for Bruce, Victoria, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Veteran's Affairs from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Cabinet Secretary from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Defence Personnel from 1.4.10 to 14.9.10.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 26.5.93 to 31.8.98; Employment, Education and Training from 27.6.94 to 13.2.97; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 31.8.00 to 8.10.01; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 2.12.04 to 25.5.06.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 12.5.93 to 1.1.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 to 9.8.99 and from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Corporations and Financial Services from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04 and from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 26.5.93 to 15.5.97, from 30.10.97 to 31.8.98, from 6.9.05 to 17.10.07 and from 25.10.10 to 9.5.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 25.10.10 to 3.9.14 and from 10.2.15 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Health from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01; Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 25.11.01; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Treasury, Finance and Small Business (Consumer Affairs and Banking Services) from 25.11.01 to 18.2.03.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 18.2.03 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection and Consumer Health from 18.2.03 to 8.12.03; Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Health from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07; Shadow Special Minister of State from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07; and Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1979.

Member, ALP State Administrative Committee (Vic) 1989-91 and 1993.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1984.

Secretary, ALP Springvale South Branch 1990-93.


Born 23.2.1960, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Public servant 1984-85.

Union organiser 1986 and 1988-89.

Electorate secretary 1987-88 and 1989-90.

Ministerial adviser to the Victorian State Minister for Community Services, the Hon. K Setches, MLA 1990-91.

Ministerial adviser to the Hon. S Crean, MP 1991-93.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Springvale City Council 1991-93.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Dandenong North, Glen Waverley, Mulgrave, Noble Park North, Wheelers Hill and parts of Clayton, Dandenong, Noble Park, Notting Hill and Springvale.

Area: 73 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 94 772 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: commercial activities including warehouse and light engineering.

State electorates: Bruce includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Mulgrave, and parts of Clarinda, Dandenong, Forest Hill, Mt Waverley and Oakleigh.