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McCLELLAND, the Hon. Robert BruceBiography for McCLELLAND, the Hon. Robert Bruce

Member for Barton (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Attorney-General from 3.12.2007 to 14.12.2011.

Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 5.3.2012.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 14.9.2010 to 5.3.2012.

Minister for Housing from 14.12.2011 to 5.3.2012.

Minister for Homelessness from 14.12.2011 to 5.3.2012.

Minister for Emergency Management from 14.12.2011 to 5.3.2012.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 15.5.2013 to 5.8.2013.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.1996 to 31.8.1998; Electoral Matters from 15.5.1997 to 30.10.1997; Electoral Matters from 4.12.2000 to 26.6.2001; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.3.2012 to 1.11.2012; Treaties from 20.9.2012 to 14.3.2013.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.1999 to 9.8.1999; Gambling Reform from 13.2.2013 to 24.6.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Privileges from 2.3.1998 to 31.8.2004; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.8.2003 to 3.8.2004.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO meeting, Phuket, Thailand, September 1996.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2004.

Official visit to the Solomon Islands, December 2004.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006.

Official visits to UK and USA, March-April 2008.

Official visits to New Zealand, June 2008.

Official visits to UK, July 2008.

Official visits to New Zealand, July 2008.

Official visits to New Zealand, January 2009.

Official visits to UK, November 2009.

Official visits to USA, April-May 2010.

Official visits to Switzerland, January 2011.

Official visits to New Zealand, March, April, July and November 2011.

Official visits to Belgium and France, November 2011.

Official visits to New Zealand, February 2012.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Attorney-General from 20.10.1998 to 8.12.2003.

Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations from 25.11.2001 to 2.7.2003.

Shadow Minister for Justice and Community Security from 2.7.2003 to 8.12.2003.

Shadow Minister for Homeland Security from 8.12.2003 to 24.6.2005.

Shadow Minister for Defence from 26.10.2004 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Party Positions

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party local branch.

President of the Australian Labor Party Barton Federal Electorate Council.

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (NSW).

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1972.


Born 26.1.1958, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

LLM (University of Sydney).

BA (University of New South Wales).

LLB (University of New South Wales).

Associate to the Hon. Justice P Evatt, DSC, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1981 to 1982.

Solicitor from 1982 to 1996.

Partner in legal firm from 1988 to 1996.


Name: Barton

Location: south eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella, Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove.

Area: 44 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 95,243 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: Light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, tourism and health services.

Includes: Barton includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Rockdale, and parts of Canterbury, Kogarah and Lakemba.