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MORRIS, the Hon. Peter FrederickBiography for MORRIS, the Hon. Peter Frederick

Member for Shortland (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Shortland, New South Wales, 1972. Re-elected 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Retired prior to general elections 1998.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Transport from 11.3.1983 to 24.7.1987.

Minister for Aviation from 13.12.1984 to 24.7.1987.

Minister for Resources from 24.7.1987 to 19.1.1988.

Minister for Housing and Aged Care from 19.1.1988 to 15.2.1988.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 19.1.1988 to 2.9.1988.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 15.2.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Minister for Transport and Communications Support from 15.2.1988 to 2.9.1988.

Minister for Industrial Relations from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Cabinet Minister from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 29.8.1973 to 11.11.1975; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 26.5.1993 to 9.11.1994.

Joint Select: Parliamentary Committee System from 15.4.1975 to 26.5.1976.

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 1.3.1973 to 11.4.1974; Environment and Conservation from 18.7.1974 to 11.11.1975; Road Safety from 4.10.1977 to 4.2.1983; Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 1.3.1978 to 19.9.1980; Expenditure from 14.3.1978 to 4.2.1983; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 16.5.1990 to 29.1.1996 (Chair from 17.5.1990 to 29.1.1996); Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegations to the People's Republic of China, June 1973.

Member, India, Pakistan and Iran, January-February 1974.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation studying Parliamentary Committee Systems, Canada and United Kingdom, June-July 1975.

Official visits to USA, UK and Europe, September-October 1985.

Official visits to New Zealand, December 1986.

Official visits to New Zealand, February 1987.

Official visits to Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Japan, March 1987.

Official visits to USA, April 1988.

Official visits to the Philippines, April 1988.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, May 1988.

Official visits to Europe and USA, July-August 1988.

Official visits to USA and Geneva, June 1989.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Spokesman on Transport from 27.1.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Party Positions

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Newcastle Federal Electorate Council from 1965 to 1969.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Adamstown Branch from 1970 to 1973.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Shortland Federal Electorate Council from 1971 to 1973.

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Congress (NSW) from 1971 to 1973.

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Council (NSW) from 1972 to 1973.

Member of the Australian Labor Party Transport Policy Committee (NSW), 1976.

Member of the Australian Labor Party National Transport Policy Committee from 1976.


Born 29.7.1932, Sydney, Australia


Local Government Service

Alderman, Newcastle City Council from 1968 to 1974.


Name: Shortland

Location: Southern Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales; it includes the centres of Belmont, Budgewoi, Chain Valley Bay, Charlestown, Doyalson, Eleebana, Gateshead, Gwandalan, Kahibah, Lake Munmorah, Mannering Park, Norah Head, Redhead, San Remo, Swansea and Toukley.

Area: 315 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 75,493 (at 5.2.1996)

Industries: Coal mining, tourism, fishing, power stations, building, poultry farming.

Includes: Shortland includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Charlestown, Swansea and Wyong.