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FERGUSON, the Hon. Martin John, AMBiography for FERGUSON, the Hon. Martin John, AM

Member for Batman (Vic)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

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


Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the National Library of Australia Council from 9.8.1999 to 13.5.2008.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Resources and Energy from 3.12.2007 to 25.3.2013.

Minister for Tourism from 3.12.2007 to 25.3.2013.

Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 25.3.2013.


Committee Service

Joint Standing: Migration from 17.11.1997 to 31.8.1998.

House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Procedure from 8.12.1998 to 31.8.2004; Privileges from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Industry and Resources from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

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

Official visits to Japan, March 2008.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2008.

Official visits to East Timor, May 2008.

Official visits to Saudi Arabia and USA, June 2008.

Official visits to Japan and Thailand, August 2008.

Official visits to Hong Kong and China, August 2008.

Official visits to India, November 2008.

Official visits to Japan, November 2008.

Official visits to UK, December 2008.

Official visits to USA, January 2009.

Official visits to China and Korea, March-April 2009.

Official visits to Italy and Norway, May 2009.

Official visits to Egypt, June-July 2009.

Official visits to China, August 2009.

Official visits to Qatar, UK and France, October 2009.

Official visits to China, October 2009.

Official visits to USA, January 2010.

Official visits to India, February 2010.

Official visits to China, March 2010.

Official visits to New Zealand, December 2010.

Official visits to USA, January 2011.

Official visits to United Arab Emirates, April 2011.

Official visits to Taiwan, June-July 2011.

Official visits to Japan and Republic of Korea, July 2011.

Official visits to Indonesia, July-August 2011.

Official visits to Japan, September 2011.

Official visits to Brunei, China and Republic of Korea, September 2011.

Official visits to France and UK, October 2011.

Official visits to China and India, November 2011.

Official visits to USA, January 2012.

Official visits to Kuwait, March 2012.

Official visits to UK, April 2012.

Official visits to Thailand and China, May-June 2012.

Official visits to Russia and Norway, June 2012.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Employment and Training from 20.3.1996 to 26.8.1997.

Shadow Minister for Employment, Training, Population and Immigration from 26.8.1997 to 20.10.1998.

Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition on Multicultural Affairs from 26.8.1997 to 20.10.1998.

Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Population from 20.10.1998 to 3.10.1999.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Population from 3.10.1999 to 25.11.2001.

Shadow Minister for Regional and Urban Development, Transport and Infrastructure from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism from 23.8.2002 to 2.7.2003.

Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Development, Transport and Infrastructure from 2.7.2003 to 26.10.2004.

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Resources and Tourism from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads and Tourism from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.


Party Positions

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party Federal Electorate Council.

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

Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Electorate Council.

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1968.

Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party Guildford Branch from 1972 to 1974.

President of the Australian Labor Party Guildford Branch from 1974 to 1978.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Guildford Branch from 1978 to 1990.

Vice-President of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from 1983 to 1990.


Personal

Born 12.12.1953, Sydney, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEc(Hons) (University of Sydney).

Federal Research Officer, Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1975-81.

Assistant General Secretary, Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1981-84.

General Secretary, Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1984-90.

Member, Australian Council of Trade Unions Executive 1984-90.

Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions 1985-90.

President, Australian Council of Trade Unions 1990-96.

Member, ILO Governing Body 1990-96.

Life Member, Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1995.


Honours

Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, 11.06.1996.


Electorate

Name: Batman

Location: north-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Kingsbury, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury, and parts of Alphington, Bundoora, Coburg North, Fairfield and Macleod.

Area: 53 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 89,160 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: light engineering, textiles, clothing and footwear.

Includes: Batman includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Preston, and parts of Bundoora, Northcote and Thomastown