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MIRABELLA, SophieBiography for MIRABELLA, Sophie

Member for Indi (Vic) 2001-13

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Indi, Victoria, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Defeated at general elections 2013.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Employment and Workplace Relations from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 20.3.02 to 3.2.10; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 14.2.07 to 17.10.07; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 11.3.08 to 10.11.08; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 10.11.08 to 30.11.09.

House of Representatives Select: Recent Australian Bushfires from 27.3.03 to 5.11.03.

Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 20.3.02 to 5.12.02.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 5.12.02 to 17.10.07; National Capital and External Territories from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Treaties from 1.12.04 to 14.2.07; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.3.08 to 10.3.09 and from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Parliamentary Library from 11.3.08 to 12.5.10.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Elected Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, February 1998.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland, October 2009.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.9.08 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Women and Youth from 22.9.08 to 10.11.08; Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Status of Women and Youth from 10.11.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party from 1987.

President, Melbourne University Liberal Club.

Vice-President, Australian Liberal Students' Federation.

Member, various policy assembly committees, Liberal Party State Council (Vic).

Member, Workplace Relations Task Force.

Other Positions

Member, Victorian Council, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy from 1993.

Committee Member, 'No Campaign' for Referendum 1999.


Born 27.10.1968, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BComm, LLB, LLM (Melb).

Solicitor and articled clerk 1995-97.

Barrister 1998-2001.


Description: rural.

Location: north-eastern Victoria; it includes the centres of Beechworth, Benalla, Bright, Corryong, Euroa, Mansfield, Mt Beauty, Myrtleford, Rutherglen, Tallangatta, Violet Town, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yackandandah.

Area: 28 008 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 92 956 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: tourism, forestry, woodchipping, tobacco, viticulture, agriculture, timber processing and manufacturing.

State electorates: Indi includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Benambra, and parts of Benalla and Murray Valley.