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BOWEN, the Hon. Christopher (Chris) EylesBiography for BOWEN, the Hon. Christopher (Chris) Eyles

Member for McMahon (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Prospect, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007. Elected to the House of Representatives for McMahon, New South Wales, 2010, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022.

Parties Represented

Australian Labor Party. Served: 09.10.2004 to present

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Treasurer from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.

Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.

Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Human Services from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Cabinet Minister from 9.6.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 14.9.2010 to 4.2.2013.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 4.2.2013 to 25.3.2013.

Minister for Small Business from 4.2.2013 to 25.3.2013.

Treasurer from 27.6.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Cabinet Minister from 1.6.2022.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy from 1.6.2022.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Cabinet Minister from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Acting Leader of the Opposition from 18.9.2013 to 13.10.2013.

Shadow Cabinet Minister from 18.10.2013 to 23.5.2022.

Shadow Treasurer from 18.10.2013 to 2.6.2019.

Acting Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services from 6.12.2017 to 28.6.2018.

Shadow Minister for Small Business from 28.6.2018 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for Health from 2.6.2019 to 28.1.2021.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy from 28.1.2021 to 23.5.2022.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Acting Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 13.9.2013 to 13.10.2013.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics, Finance and Public Administration served as Deputy Chair from 2.12.2004 to 7.12.2005; Economics served from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013; Education and Employment served from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services served from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007

Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1988.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Smithfield Branch (NSW) from 1991 to 2005.

President of the Australian Labor Party Fairfield State Electorate Council (NSW) from 1992 to 2005.

Assistant General Returning Officer of the Australian Labor Party (NSW) from 1993 to 2004.

Qualifications and Occupations

DiplomaModLang(Bahasa Indonesia) (University of New England).

MIR (Griffith University).

BEc (University of Sydney).

Research and media officer to the Hon. J Crosio, MP from 1994 to 1995.

Industrial officer for the Finance Sector Union from 1995 to 2000.

Senior adviser to the Hon. P Scully, MLA (NSW) from 2000 to 2001.

Chief of Staff to the Hon. P Scully, MLA (NSW) from 2001 to 2004.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Fairfield City Council from 1995 to 2004.

Mayor, Fairfield City Council from 1998 to 1999.

President, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 1999 to 2001.


Hearts and minds: a blueprint for modern Labor, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, Vic.: 2013.

The money men: Australia's 12 most notable Treasurers, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic.: 2015.

On charlatans, Hachette Australia, Sydney: 2021.

Labor people: the stories of six true believers, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, Vic.: 2021.


Name: McMahon

Location: McMahon is bound by South Creek in the west, the north boundary follows the Western Motorway, Ropes Creek and the Great Western Highway. The eastern boundary follows Centenary Road, Merrylands Road, Oxford Street, Woodville Road, Fairfield St, Pine Road, Prospect Creek and Orphan School Creek. The southern boundary follows King Road, Polding Street, Mimosa Road, The Horsley Road, Cowpasture Road, part of the western boundary of Abbotsbury, the westlink M7 motorway and Elizabeth Drive. Suburbs include 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: 106,754 (at 13.6.2019)

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


Born: 17.1.1973, Sydney, Australia

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married