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ROBB, the Hon. Andrew John, AOBiography for ROBB, the Hon. Andrew John, AO

Member for Goldstein (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Goldstein, Victoria, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 30.1.2007.

Minister for Vocational and Further Education from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Trade and Investment from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.

Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 27.8.2008 to 19.3.2009.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.3.2008 to 25.9.2008; Electoral Matters from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010.

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1.12.2004 to 28.2.2006; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 1.12.2004 to 9.2.2006; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 10.11.2008 to 3.2.2010.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and COAG from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Emissions Trading Design from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction from 25.3.2010 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Member, Liberal Party Queanbeyan Branch 1988-97

Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 1988-89

Federal Director, Liberal Party 1990-97

Member, Liberal Party Cremorne Point Branch 1997-2002

Member, Liberal Party Fundraising Committee (NSW) 1997-2004

Honorary Finance Director (Party Treasurer), Liberal Party (NSW) 2001-04

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (NSW) 2001-04

Member, Liberal Party Kirribilli Branch from 2002-04

Honorary Chair, Liberal Party Millennium Fundraising Forum (NSW) 2004

Member, Liberal Party Brighton Branch from 2004

Other Positions

Director, Menzies Research Centre 1997-2004

Board Member, Garvan Medical Research Foundation 1998-2004

Member, YWCA Leadership Group 1998-2004

Chairman, Australian Direct Marketing Association 2001-04

Member, National Board of 'Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring program 2002-04

Member of Advisory Council, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (ANU) 2003-04


Born 20.8.1951, Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Ec (Hons)(La Trobe)

Dip.Agric.Sc (Dookie Agricultural College)

Animal health officer, Vic Dept of Agriculture 1972-74

Agricultural economist, Vic Dept of Agriculture 1974-79

Part-time tutor, La Trobe University 1976-79

Economist, National Farmers' Federation 1980

Executive Director, Cattle Council of Australia 1981-84

Executive Director, National Farmers' Federation 1985-88

Deputy Federal Director, Liberal Party 1988-89

Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. AS Peacock 1989-90

Federal Director, Liberal Party 1990-97

Consultant, Ammirati Puritas Lintas 1997

Senior Executive, PBL 1997-99

Board member, Sinclair Knight Merz 1998-2001

Chief Executive Officer, Acxiom Australia 1999-2001

Chairman, Acxiom Australia 2001-04

Business adviser 2001-04


Awarded Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001

Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, 26.01.2003


Description: Inner Metropolitan

Location: south eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton East, Caulfield South, Hampton, Hampton East and Sandringham, and parts of Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Elsternwick, Glen Huntly, Highett and Ormond.

Area: 50 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 100583 (at 7.9.2013)

Industries: light industrial and commercial activities.

Electorate: Goldstein includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Caulfield and Sandringham.