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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 of the Northern Land Council, Darwin, from 1979 to 1981.

Research Fellow at the National Research Institute of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 1982.

Solicitor from 1982 to 1985.

Ministerial adviser to the Attorney-General, Minister for Planning and Minister for Corrections (Vic.) from 1985 to 1987.

Barrister from 1987 to 2007.


Name: Isaacs

Location: The Division of Isaacs consists of: part of the Greater Dandenong City Council, and part of the Kingston City Council.

Area: 155 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 108,297 (at 7.6.2019)

Industries: Light manufacturing, aviation and retail.