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MARLES, the Hon. Richard DonaldBiography for MARLES, the Hon. Richard Donald

Member for Corio (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

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

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs from 14.9.2010 to 22.3.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 5.3.2012 to 22.3.2013.

Minister for Trade from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Cabinet Minister from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.5.2013 to 9.5.2016; Treaties from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013 (Chair from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013).

Joint Select: DisabilityCare Australia from 19.6.2013 to 5.8.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.2.2008 to 15.6.2009 (Chair from 13.3.2008 to 15.6.2009); Economics from 19.2.2008 to 15.6.2009; Employment and Workplace Relations from 19.2.2008 to 15.6.2009.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.2013.

Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Minister for Defence from 23.7.2016.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2004

Member, ALP International Projects 2006-09

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2007

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2009

Delegate, ALP National Conference 2011


Born 13.7.1967, Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Sc (Melb)

LL.B (Hons)(Melb)

Solicitor 1993-94

Federal Legal Officer, Transport Workers' Union of Australia (TWU) 1994-98

Federal Assistant Secretary, Transport Workers' Union of Australia (TWU) 1998-2000

Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 2000-07


Description: Provincial

Location: south-west of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs and towns of Anakie (part), Avalon, Batesford (part), Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, Clifton Springs (part), Corio, Curlewis, Drysdale, Fyansford (part), East Geelong, Geelong, North Geelong, South Geelong, Geelong West, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Lara, Leopold (part), Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Moolap, Newcomb, Newtown (part), Norlane, North Shore, Portarlington, St Albans Park, St Leonards, Rippleside, Thomson (part) and Whittington.

Area: 989 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 107808 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: stevedoring, vehicle manufacturing plant, meat processing, aluminium smelter, petroleum refinery, woollen mills, saltworks, poultry and mussel farming, fishing, wood chipping, wool scouring, fertiliser refining, tourism, tannery, carpet, clothing, shoes, chemical production and aeronautical services.