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COSTELLO, the Hon. Peter HowardBiography for COSTELLO, the Hon. Peter Howard

Member for Higgins (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Higgins, Victoria, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 19.10.2009.


Ministerial Appointments

Treasurer from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.


Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.5.1990 to 14.9.1992.

House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.1991 to 25.3.1992.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Official visits to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, March-April 1995

Official visits to Japan, March 1996

Official visits to France, Germany and UK, May 1996

Official visits to USA, September-October 1996

Official visits to Philippines, April 1997

Official visits to Malaysia, China and Hong Kong, September 1997

Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia, November-December 1997

Official visits to USA, April 1998

Official visits to Canada and USA, May 1998

Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998

Official visits to USA, April 1999

Official visits to Malaysia and Hong Kong, May 1999

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, July 1999

Official visits to USA, Ireland and UK, September-October 1999

Official visits to Germany and France, December 1999

Official visits to France, June 2000

Official visits to Indonesia and Brunei, September 2000

Official visits to USA and Canada, October 2000

Official visits to USA, April-May 2001

Official visits to China, September 2001

Official visits to Canada, November 2001

Official visits to Vanuatu, July 2002

Official visits to Mexico, September 2002

Official visits to India, September 2002

Official visits to UK and USA, September-October 2002

Official visits to New Zealand, February 2003

Official visits to Turkey and France, April-May 2003

Official visits to Thailand, September 2003

Official visits to Israel, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, September 2003

Official visits to Mexico, October 2003

Official visits to USA, April 2004

Official visits to New Zealand, June 2004

Official visits to UK and Germany, November 2004

Official visits to New Zealand, February 2005

Official visits to Indonesia and Republic of Korea, September 2005

Official visits to USA, September-October 2005

Official visits to China, October 2005

Official visits to USA, January 2006

Official visits to Russia, June 2006

Official visits to Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, July 2006

Official visits to Vietnam and South Africa, September 2006

Official visits to Singapore, September 2006

Official visits to New Zealand, January 2007

Official visits to UK and USA, April 2007


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for Corporate Law Reform and Consumer Affairs from 11.4.1990 to 23.5.1992.

Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice from 23.5.1992 to 7.4.1993.

Shadow Minister for Finance from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 23.5.1994 to 29.11.2007.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 23.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Treasurer from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.


Party Positions

Vice-Chair, East Metropolitan Area Conference (Vic)

State Executive, Young Liberal Movement (Vic) 1980-81

Chair, Constitutional Committee (Vic) 1987-90


Personal

Born 14.8.1957, Melbourne, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Monash)

LL.B (Hons) (Monash)

Barrister

Tutor in Law, Economics and Politics faculties, Monash University


Publications

Arbitration in contempt, Mercury-Walch, Melbourne: 1986

The Costello memoirs: the age of prosperity, Melbourne University Press, 2008


Electorate

Description: Inner Metropolitan

Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Armadale, Ashburton, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East and Toorak, and parts of Camberwell, Carnegie, Glen Iris, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor.

Area: 39 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 89345 (at 24.11.2007)

Industries: retail and service industries.

Electorate: Higgins includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Malvern, and parts of Burwood, Hawthorn, Oakleigh and Prahran.