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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 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

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.1998 to 3.12.2007.

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

Various positions including Branch Secretary and Delegate to State Conference (NSW)

President, Barton Federal Electorate Council

Member, ALP from 1972


Born 26.1.1958, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament



LL.M (Syd)

Associate to the Hon. Justice PG Evatt, DSC, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia 1981-82

Solicitor 1982-96

Partner in firm 1988-96


Description: Inner Metropolitan

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: 95243 (at 21.8.2010)

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

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