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ROXON, the Hon. Nicola LouiseBiography for ROXON, the Hon. Nicola Louise

Member for Gellibrand (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

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

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Health and Ageing from 3.12.2007 to 14.12.2011.

Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 4.2.2013.

Attorney-General from 14.12.2011 to 4.2.2013.

Minister for Emergency Management from 5.3.2012 to 4.2.2013.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs served as Deputy Chair from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Industry, Science and Resources served from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 2.12.2004 to 6.2.2007; Privileges and Members' Interests served from 5.2.2013 to 5.2.2013; Privileges and Members' Interests served as Chair from 6.2.2013 to 5.8.2013

Joint Select: Republic Referendum served from 9.6.1999 to 9.8.1999

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters served from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, November 2003.

Official visits to France and Malaysia, October 2010.

Official visits to China, April 2011.

Official visits to USA, September 2011.

Official visits to USA, May 2012.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Child Care, Family Support and Youth from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002.

Shadow Minister for Children and Youth from 23.8.2002 to 2.7.2003.

Shadow Minister for Status of Women from 18.2.2003 to 2.7.2003.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on the Status of Women from 2.7.2003 to 26.10.2004.

Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration from 2.7.2003 to 8.12.2003.

Shadow Attorney-General from 8.12.2003 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Minister for Health from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Party Positions

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Vic.).

Member of the Australian Labor Party Public Office Selection Committee.

Convener of the Australian Labor Party National Women's Network from 1999 to 2004.


Born: 1.4.1967, Sydney, Australia

Gender: Female

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Melbourne).

LLB(Hons) (University of Melbourne).

Associate to the Hon. Justice M Gaudron, High Court of Australia from 1992 to 1994.

Organiser for the National Union of Workers from 1994 to 1996.

Industrial lawyer and Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn and Co. from 1996 to 1998.


Potential and reality: women workers and the structural efficiency principle, Centre for Industrial Relations and Labour Studies, Melbourne: 1991.


Name: Gellibrand

Location: western Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Footscray, Footscray West, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Tottenham, Williamstown, Williamstown North and Yarraville.

Area: 91 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 95,611 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: food processing, petrochemical and carbon products, marine engineering facilities, transport facilities, warehousing, tertiary education, tourism and retail industries.

Includes: Gellibrand includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Williamstown, and parts of Altona and Footscray.