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Member for Melbourne Ports (Vic) 1977-98

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Richmond from 12.5.62. Resigned 2.11.77.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Melbourne Ports, Victoria, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Retired prior to general elections 1998.

Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Council of Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 5.3.81 to 21.4.83.

Trustee, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 17.5.90 to 31.8.98.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 11.3.83 to 24.7.87.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 16.2.87 to 24.7.87.

Minister for Employment Services and Youth Affairs from 24.7.87 to 19.1.88.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 24.7.87 to 15.2.88.

Minister for Transport and Communications Support from 19.1.88 to 15.2.88.

Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs from 15.2.88 to 2.9.88.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs from 15.2.88 to 2.9.88.

Minister for the Arts and Territories from 2.9.88 (Arts, Tourism and Territories from 22.5.89) to 4.4.90.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Minister Assisting the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs from 2.9.88 to 4.4.90.

Committee Service

State: Standing: Standing Orders 1967-77; Ansett Transport Industries 1972; Qualification (Members' Qualifications) 1972-74; Companies Take-overs 1976-77; Privileges 1976-77.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal Affairs from 14.3.78 to 4.2.83; Privileges from 1.5.80 to 22.5.80, from 11.9.80 to 4.2.83 and from 23.11.93 to 31.8.98; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 6.3.91 to 29.1.96; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98.

Joint Statutory: Native Title from 4.5.94 to 10.5.94.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 4.12.80 to 4.2.83; Migration Regulations from 17.5.90 to 8.2.93; Parliamentary Zone from 12.9.91 to 8.2.93; Migration from 26.5.93 to 31.8.98.

Joint Select: Family Law Act from 12.10.78 to 19.9.80; Parliamentary Privilege from 5.5.82 to 3.10.84.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, February 1985; USA and Canada, April-May 1985; Europe, July-August 1988; China, April-May 1991; Venezuela, October 1991; Italy, September 1992.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 84th IPU Conference, Punta del Este, Uruguay, October 1990; Leader of the Australian Delegation, 85th IPU Conference, Republic of Korea, April-May 1991; 86th IPU Conference, Santiago, Chile, October 1991; 88th IPU Conference, Sweden, September 1992; 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994; 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, March 1995; appointed as Asia-Pacific Representative to the Human Rights Committee of Parliamentarians, 94th IPU Conference, Bucharest, October 1995; 95th IPU Conference, Istanbul, April 1996; 96th IPU Conference, Beijing, China, and bilateral visits to Vietnam and the Philippines, September-October 1996; 97th IPU Conference, Seoul, and bilateral visit to Japan, April 1997; 99th IPU Conference, Namibia, and bilateral visits to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique, April 1998.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party (Vic) from 15.5.67 to 29.6.77.

Leader of the Opposition (Vic) from 15.5.67 to 29.6.77.

Party Positions

Secretary, Young Labor Association (Vic) 1955.

Member, ALP Central Executive (Vic) 1968-70 and Administrative Committee (Vic) 1968-81.

President, ALP (Vic) 1977-79.

Other Positions

Chair, Australian/Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group 1990-95.

Secretary, Australian/Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group from 1996.


Born 27.4.31 at Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Melb).

Member, Legislative Assembly, Victoria (see Parliamentary Service above).

Solicitor. Partner in legal firm.

Member, Melbourne University Council 1963-73.


Description: Inner metropolitan.

Location: Inner Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Balaclava, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Elwood, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne.

Area: 43 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 78 722 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Car assembly plants, aircraft production and stevedoring.

State electorates: Melbourne Ports includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Albert Park, and parts of Caulfield and Prahran.