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CHALMERS, Dr James (Jim) EdwardBiography for CHALMERS, Dr James (Jim) Edward

Member for Rankin (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Rankin, Queensland, 2013. Re-elected 2016 and 2019.

Committee Service

Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth from 2.10.2014 to 22.10.2015.

House of Representatives Standing: Economics from 4.12.2013 to 19.10.2015; Tax and Revenue from 4.12.2013 to 22.10.2015.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment from 13.10.2015 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation from 13.10.2015 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Productivity from 13.10.2015 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Sport from 13.10.2015 to 23.07.2016.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Resources from 4.5.2016 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Finance from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Treasurer from 2.6.2019.

Party Positions

Officeholder of Australian Labor Party local branch positions from 1997.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party National Policy Committee from 2003 to 2004.

Delegate for Rankin to the Australian Labor Party State Conference from 2011.


Born 2.3.1978, Brisbane, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BCom (Griffith University)

BA (Griffith University)

PhD (Australian National University)

Research officer, Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Qld) 1999-2001

Tutor in politics and public policy, ANU and UC 2001

ALP National Research Manager 2002-04

Media Adviser to the Shadow Treasurer 2005-06

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition 2006

Senior Adviser to the Premier of New South Wales 2006-07

Queensland General Manager CPR 2007

Deputy Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser to the Treasurer 2007-10

Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer 2010-13

Executive Director, Chifley Research Centre 2013


Glory Daze: how a world-beating nation got so down on itself, MUP, Melbourne: 2013


Location: outer southern Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Algester, Berrinba, Browns Plains, Calamvale, Crestmead, Daisy Hill, Drewvale, Heritage Park, Hillcrest, Kingston, Logan Central, Marsden, Parkinson, Priestdale, Regents Park, Rochedale South, Slacks Creek, Springwood, Underwood and Woodridge.

Area: 131 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 101,700 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: retail and service industries.

Electorate: Rankin includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Woodridge, and parts of Algester, Logan, Springwood, Stretton and Waterford.