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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; National Crime Authority from 26.5.1993 to 9.11.1994.

Joint Standing: 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; 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

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 27.1.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Transport from 27.1.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Party Positions

Secretary, Newcastle Federal Electorate Council, 1965-69

Secretary, ALP Adamstown Branch, 1970-73

Secretary, Shortland ALP Federal Electorate Council, 1971-73

Delegate, ALP Biennial Congress (NSW), 1971-73

Delegate, ALP State Council (NSW), 1972-73

Member, Transport Policy Committee (NSW), 1976

Member, ALP National Transport Policy Committee from 1976


Born 29.7.1932, Sydney, Australia



Description: Provincial

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: 75493 (at 5.2.1996)

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

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