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RIPOLL, the Hon. Bernard (Bernie) FernandBiography for RIPOLL, the Hon. Bernard (Bernie) Fernand

Member for Oxley (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

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

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 27.2.12 to 13.3.12

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer from 5.3.2012 to 18.9.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 8.12.1998 to 17.10.2007; Corporations and Financial Services from 18.2.2008 to 14.3.2012 (Chair from 18.2.2008 to 14.3.2012); Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 14.3.2012.

Joint Standing: Migration from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Treaties from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.2008 to 19.7.2010.

Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 18.3.2010 to 19.7.2010; Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation from 14.9.2011 to 7.10.2011.

House of Representatives Standing: Transport and Regional Services from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Tax and Revenue from 22.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Shadow Minister for Sport from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Small Business from 18.10.2013 to 13.10.2015.

Party Positions

Branch President 1994-96

Branch Secretary 1996-99

Branch Treasurer 1996-99

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Qld) from 1997


Born 6.1.1966, Pezenas, France


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Bus (Mkt) (QUT)

Electrician 1986-90

Union Organiser, State Public Services Federation of Queensland 1995-98

Military Service

Apprentice aircraft electrician, RAAF 1983-84


Description: Outer Metropolitan

Location: south-east Queensland to the south west of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park, Brookwater, Camira, Carole Park, Darra, Doolandella, Durack, Ellen Grove, Forest Lake, Gailes, Goodna, Heathwood, Inala, Jamboree Heights, Jindalee, Middle Park, Mt Ommaney, Pallara, Redbank, Richlands, Riverhills, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Sinnamon Park, Sumner, Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Wacol, and parts of Collingwood Park and Redbank Plains.

Area: 155 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 86841 (at 7.9.2013)

Industries: railway workshops, industrial, light industrial and commercial activities.

Electorate: Oxley includes parts of the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates of Algester, Bundamba, Inala, Mount Ommaney and Sunnybank.