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DREYFUS, the Hon. Mark Alfred, QCBiography for DREYFUS, the Hon. Mark Alfred, QC

Member for Isaacs (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Isaacs, Victoria, 2007. Re-elected 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Ministerial Appointments

Cabinet Secretary from 14.9.2010 to 4.2.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 14.9.2010 to 4.2.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation from 14.12.2011 to 4.2.2013.

Attorney-General from 4.2.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for Emergency Management from 4.2.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Cabinet Minister from 14.2.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Special Minister of State from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for the Public Service and Integrity from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 12.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Intelligence and Security from 26.11.2014 to 9.5.2016; Intelligence and Security from 15.9.2016.

House of Representatives Standing: Climate Change, Environment and the Arts from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010 (Chair from 13.3.2008 to 19.7.2010); Environment from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 18.10.2013 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for the Arts from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Attorney-General from 18.10.2013.

Shadow Minister for National Security from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform from 2.6.2019.

Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1979.

President of the Australian Labor Party Collingwood Branch, 1985.

Chair of the Australian Labor Party Review Panel (Vic.), 1998.

Chair of the Australian Labor Party National Policy Committee from 2008 to 2009.

Other Positions

Appointed Queen's Counsel from 1999.


Born 3.10.1956, Perth, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Melbourne)

LLB (University of Melbourne)

Field officer, Northern Land Council, Darwin 1979-81

Research Fellow, National Research Institute of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 1982

Solicitor 1982-85

Ministerial adviser to the State Attorney-General, State Minister for Planning and State Minister for Corrections (Vic.) 1985-87

Barrister 1987-2007


Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Bonbeach, Braeside, Carrum, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Dandenong South, Edithvale, Keysborough, Mordialloc, Parkdale, Patterson Lakes and Waterways, and parts of Carrum Downs, Lyndhurst, Mentone, Noble Park and Skye.

Area: 166 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 105,756 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: light manufacturing.

Electorate: Isaacs includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Carrum, Dandenong, Keysborough, Mordialloc and Sandringham.