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FEENEY, the Hon. David IanBiography for FEENEY, the Hon. David Ian

Member for Batman (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Resigned 12.8.2013.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Batman, Victoria, 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Publications from 1.7.08 to 27.9.10; Privileges from 12.5.10 to 27.9.10.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 14.5.09 to 27.9.10.

Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.08 to 19.7.10.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 15.9.09 to 26.10.10; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.13. Shadow Minister for Justice and Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence from 18.10.13; Shadow Minister for Veterans? Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 1.7.14.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic.) 1994-2002.

Caucus Secretary, Federal Parliamentary Labor Party 2008-10.


Born 5.3.1970, Adelaide, SA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

MPPM (Monash).

Federal Industrial Officer, Transport Workers' Union 1994-98.

ALP State Secretary and Campaign Director (Vic.) 1999-2002.

Director of Strategy, Office of the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. SP Bracks, MLA 2003-04.

ALP Campaign Director (SA) 2005-06.

ALP Assistant National Secretary 2005-08.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: north eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Alphington, Clifton Hill, Fairfield, Kingsbury, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury, and parts of Bundoora, Coburg North, Macleod and Thomastown.

Area: 66 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 103 239 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: retail, light engineering, textiles, clothing and footwear.

State electorates: Batman includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Northcote and Preston, and parts of Richmond and Thomastown.