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BUTLER, the Hon. Mark ChristopherBiography for BUTLER, the Hon. Mark Christopher

Member for Hindmarsh (SA)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Port Adelaide, South Australia, 2007. Re-elected 2010, 2013, 2016. Elected to the House of Representatives for Hindmarsh, South Australia, following electoral redistribution, 2019. Re-elected 2022.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform from 12.9.2011 to 1.7.2013.

Minister for Social Inclusion from 14.12.2011 to 1.7.2013.

Cabinet Minister from 14.12.2011 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness from 4.2.2013 to 1.7.2013.

Minister for Climate Change from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Minister for Health and Aged Care from 1.6.2022.

Cabinet Minister from 1.6.2022.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 19.2.2008 to 15.6.2009; Environment served from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016

Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 18.2.2008 to 9.6.2009

Joint Statutory: Public Works served as Chair from 18.2.2008 to 15.6.2009; Public Accounts and Audit served from 18.2.2008 to 15.6.2009

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the House from 31.5.2022.

Shadow Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy from 23.7.2016 to 28.1.2021.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.

Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing from 28.1.2021 to 23.5.2022.

Party Positions

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (SA) from 1993.

President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (SA) from 1997 to 1998.

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 1998.

Member of the Australian Labor Party National Executive from 2000.


Born 8.7.1970, Canberra, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLB(Hons) (University of Adelaide).

MIR (Deakin University).

BA(Juris) (University of Adelaide).

Union official from 1992 to 2007.


Awarded a Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001.


Name: Hindmarsh

Location: The Division of Hindmarsh consists of: part of the City of Charles Sturt, part of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, and part of the City of West Torrens.

Area: 122 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 122,645 (at 6.6.2019)

Industries: Aviation, cement, commercial fishing, electricity generation, flour mills, grain bulk handling, heavy engineering, major retailing, manufacturing industry, motion picture production, numerous sporting venues, petroleum storage, police academy, shipping, small industries, stevedoring, tourism, warship & submarine construction, waste disposal and wool stores.