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BOWEN, the Hon. Christopher EylesBiography for BOWEN, the Hon. Christopher Eyles

Member for McMahon (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Prospect, New South Wales, 2004 and 2007.

Re-elected following the 2009 electoral redistribution for McMahon, New South Wales 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Treasurer from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.

Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.

Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Human Services from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 14.9.10 to 4.2.13.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 4.2.13 to 25.3.13.

Minister for Small Business from 4.2.13 to 25.3.13.

Treasurer from 27.6.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 2.12.04 to 7.12.05; Economics from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13; Education and Employment from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Acting Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 13.9.13 to 13.10.13.

Acting Leader of the Opposition from 18.9.13 to 13.10.13.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07 and from 14.10.13. Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07; Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Shadow Treasurer from 18.10.13.

Acting Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services from 6.12.17 to 28.6.18.

Shadow Minister for Small Business from 28.6.18.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1988.

Secretary, ALP Smithfield Branch 1991-2005.

President, ALP Fairfield State Electorate Council 1992-2005.

ALP Assistant General Returning Officer (NSW) 1993-2004.


Born 17.1.1973, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Bachelor of Economics (Sydney).

Master of International Relations (Griffith).

Diploma of Modern Languages (Bahasa Indonesia) (New England).

Research and media officer to the Hon JA Crosio, MP 1994-95.

Industrial officer, Finance Sector Union 1995-2000.

Senior adviser to the Hon. PC Scully, MLA (NSW) 2000-01; Chief of Staff 2001-04.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Fairfield City Council 1995-2004.

Mayor, Fairfield City Council 1998-99.

President, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils 1999-2001.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: western Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Canley Vale, Eastern Creek, Fairfield, Fairfield West, Guildford (part), Huntingwood, Kemps Creek, Merrylands, Minchinbury, Mount Vernon, Old Guildford, Orchard Hills, Pemulwuy, Smithfield, South Wentworthville, St Clair, Wetherill Park, Woodpark and Yennora.

Area: 168 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 106 159 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: building and construction, light manufacturing, wholesale and retail, transport industry, agriculture and mixed farming.

State electorates: McMahon includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Cabramatta, Fairfield, Granville, Mulgoa and Prospect.