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BILLSON, the Hon. Bruce FredrickBiography for BILLSON, the Hon. Bruce Fredrick

Member for Dunkley (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Dunkley, Victoria, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.7.2004 to 26.10.2004.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 26.10.2004 to 6.7.2005.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Small Business from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 13.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 22.2.2016 to 9.5.2016.

House of Representatives Standing: Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Environment and Heritage from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 17.2.2000 to 8.10.2001; Privileges from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Communications from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Economics from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and Cities from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Deregulation, Competition Policy and Sustainable Cities from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Member of the Liberal Party from 1986.

Secretary of the Flinders Federal Electorate Committee from 1988 to 1994.

Delegate to the State Assembly and Province Electoral Committee from 1988 to 1992.

Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (Vic.) from 1988 to 1992.

Other Positions

Delegate to the Western Port Development Council Executive Group from 1992 to 1994.


Born 26.1.1966, Albury, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BBus (RMIT University).

GradDipMgt (RMIT University).

MBL (RMIT University).

Manager of Corporate Development for the Shire of Hastings from 1993 to 1994.

Ministerial Adviser to the State Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon. C Coleman, MLA (Vic.) from 1994 to 1996.

Policy Adviser to the Federal Shadow Minister for the Environment, Senator C Kemp, 1995.

Local Government Service

Council Delegate, Mornington Peninsula Tourism from 1989 to 1994.

Council Delegate, Peninsula Library Service from 1990 to 1994.


Name: Dunkley

Location: south eastern outskirts of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs include Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Mt Eliza, Mornington and Seaford, and parts of Baxter and Skye.

Area: 140 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 99,004 (at 7.9.2013)

Industries: light industry, commercial and retail.

Includes: Dunkley includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Frankston, and parts of Carrum, Hastings and Mornington.