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CREAN, the Hon. Simon FindlayBiography for CREAN, the Hon. Simon Findlay

Member for Hotham (Vic)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Hotham, Victoria, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Science and Technology from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 4.6.1991 to 23.12.1993.

Cabinet Minister from 4.6.1991 to 11.3.1996.

Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 23.12.1993 to 11.3.1996.

Minister for Trade from 3.12.2007 to 28.6.2010.

Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Education from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Social Inclusion from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government from 14.9.2010 to 21.3.2013.

Minister for the Arts from 14.9.2010 to 21.3.2013.


Committee Service

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 17.11.1997.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Official visits to USSR, Japan and Korea, July 1990

Official visits to USA and Canada, September 1990

Official visits to Malta, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, November 1990

Official visits to New Zealand, July 1991

Official visits to Europe and UK, November 1991

Official visits to France, March 1992

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1992

Official visits to Asia and USA, July-August 1992

Official visits to Indonesia, November 1992

Official visits to Japan, USA, Czech Republic, Russia, Norway and UK, June 1993

Official visits to Europe, October 1993

Official visits to Japan and Italy, October-November 1993

Official visits to France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia, June 1994

Official visits to USA, Republic of Korea and Japan, December 1994

Official visits to China, UK and Turkey, July-August 1995

Official visits to France and Germany, January 1996

Official visits to USA, UK, the Netherlands and France, October-November 1999

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Lima, Peru, January 1999

Official visits to USA, France and UK, February 2001

Official visits to China, April-May 2002

Official visits to East Timor, May 2002

Official visits to UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland and USA, July 2002

Official visits to Indonesia and Singapore, September-October 2003

Official visits to Indonesia, October 2003

Official visits to UK, November 2003

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Mozambique and Kenya, July 2004

Attended CPA Wilton Park Seminar, UK, June 2005

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria, August-September 2006

Official visits to Indonesia, December 2007

Official visits to India, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and USA, January-February 2008

Official visits to China and Hong Kong, April 2008

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2008

Official visits to Indonesia, May 2008

Official visits to Peru, USA and France, May-June 2008

Official visits to New Zealand, June 2008

Official visits to Switzerland, July-August 2008

Official visits to China, August 2008

Official visits to Singapore, August 2008

Official visits to Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, October 2008

Official visits to Belgium, Russia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, October-November 2008

Official visits to Peru, November 2008

Official visits to China, December 2008

Official visits to USA, December 2008

Official visits to Switzerland, January-February 2009

Official visits to Thailand, February-March 2009

Official visits to USA and China, March-April 2009

Official visits to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand, April 2009

Official visits to China and New Zealand, May 2009

Official visits to Indonesia, June 2009

Official visits to Samoa, June 2009

Official visits to Belgium and France, June 2009

Official visits to China, July 2009

Official visits to Singapore and Vietnam, July 2009

Official visits to New Zealand, August 2009

Official visits to Thailand, August 2009

Official visits to India, September 2009

Official visits to USA, October 2009

Official visits to Japan and Republic of Korea, October 2009

Official visits to Singapore, November 2009

Official visits to Switzerland, November-December 2009

Official visits to UK, Switzerland and South Africa, January-February 2010

Official visits to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, April 2010

Official visits to Federated States of Micronesia, April 2010

Official visits to India, May 2010

Official visits to China, May 2010

Official visits to France, May 2010

Official visits to Japan, June 2010

Official visits to New Zealand, January 2011


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Minister for Industry and Regional Development from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 19.10.1998 to 22.11.2001.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 19.10.1998 to 22.11.2001.

Shadow Treasurer from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 22.11.2001 to 2.12.2003.

Leader of the Opposition from 22.11.2001 to 2.12.2003.

Shadow Treasurer from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.

Shadow Minister for Trade from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Minister for Trade and Regional Development from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.


Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1977-85

Senior Vice-President, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1979-81

Delegate, ALP Federal Conference from 1980


Personal

Born 26.2.1949, Melbourne, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Ec (Monash)

LL.B (Monash)

Assistant General Secretary, Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia 1976-79

General Secretary, Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia 1979-85

Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1981-83

Member, National Labour Consultative Council 1981-90

Senior Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1983-85

Member, Economic Planning and Advisory Council 1984-90

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1985-90

Member, International Labour Organisation Governing Body 1986-90

Member, Qantas Board 1987-90

Member, Australian Industry Development Corporation Board 1988-90


Electorate

Description: Outer Metropolitan

Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Bentleigh East, Carnegie, Clayton, Clayton South, Cheltenham, Dingley Village, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Noble Park, Oakleigh, Oakleigh South, Springvale and Springvale South.

Area: 72 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 89581 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: retail and service industries, light engineering and warehousing.

Electorate: Hotham includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Clayton, Lyndhurst, Mordialloc, Oakleigh and Sandringham.