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KERIN, the Hon. John CharlesBiography for KERIN, the Hon. John Charles

Member for Werriwa (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Macarthur, New South Wales, 1972. Re-elected 1974. Defeated at general elections 1975. Elected to the House of Representatives for Werriwa, New South Wales at by-election 1978, vice Hon. E Whitlam, AC, QC (resigned). Re-elected 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Resigned 22.12.1993.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member, Mr Speaker's Committee on Parliament House Accommodation


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Primary Industry from 11.3.1983 to 24.7.1987.

Cabinet Minister from 4.11.1983 to 27.12.1991.

Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 24.7.1987 to 4.6.1991.

Treasurer from 4.6.1991 to 9.12.1991.

Minister for Transport and Communications from 9.12.1991 to 27.12.1991.

Minister for Trade and Overseas Development from 27.12.1991 to 24.3.1993.


Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 18.10.1978 to 19.9.1980.

Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 15.5.1973 to 11.11.1975; Foreign Affairs and Defence from 16.5.1973 to 11.11.1975; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26.5.1993 to 22.12.1993.

House of Representatives Standing: Environment and Conservation from 31.5.1973 to 11.11.1975; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.1993 to 22.12.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 22.12.1993.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Leader, Australian Labor Party Delegation to East Timor, March 1975

Member, 62nd IPU Conference, London, September 1975

Discussions with EEC in Brussels, April-May 1983

Chairman, Australian Agricultural Council, New Guinea, August 1983

Official visits to USA and Canada, June-July 1983

Official visits to Middle East, November 1983

Official visits to Japan and Korea, April 1984

Official visits to China and Japan, May 1984

Official visits to Switzerland, July 1984

Official visits to Belgium, February 1985

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, February 1985

Official visits to USA and Canada, March 1985

Official visits to USSR and Japan, June 1985

Official visits to Middle East, November-December 1985

Official visits to Europe and USA, June-July 1986

Official visits to USA, July-August 1986

Official visits to South-East Asia, October-November 1986

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, November 1986

Official visits to Switzerland, Belgium, UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, January-February 1987

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 1987

Official visits to Belgium and UK, October 1987

Official visits to Italy, Spain and Japan, November 1987

Official visits to Japan, March 1988

Official visits to Europe, April 1988

Official visits to New Zealand, April-May and June 1988

Official visits to Turkey, Iran, India and Thailand, November-December 1988

Official visits to USA, Korea, Japan, USSR, Europe and UK, September-October 1989

Official visits to Italy, November 1989

Official visits to USA, January 1990

Official visits to Ireland and USA, July-August 1990

Official visits to Italy, France, Germany, USSR, South Korea, Japan and China, November-December 1990

Official visits to Europe and Middle East, June 1990

Official visits to New Zealand, February 1991

Official visits to Thailand, Japan, USA, UK and Germany, October-November 1991

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, February 1992

Official visits to Middle East and India, February-March 1992

Official visits to Belgium, Germany and USA, March 1992

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 1992

Official visits to Hong Kong, China and Saudi Arabia, May 1992

Official visits to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, June 1992

Official visits to New Zealand, June 1992

Official visits to Switzerland, June-July 1992

Official visits to South Pacific, August 1992

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, September 1992

Official visits to Europe, USA and UK, September 1992

Official visits to New Zealand, October 1992

Official visits to Germany, Central Europe and Iran, October-November 1992

Official visits to Republic of Korea, November 1992

Official visits to China, Far East and Japan, November-December 1992

Official visits to Vietnam and Japan, August-September 1992

Official visits to Somalia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya, January-February 1993

Official visits to Europe and USA, February 1993


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Primary Industry from 7.11.1980 to 11.3.1983.


Party Positions

President, Mittagong Branch of the ALP, 1966-68

Secretary, Southern Highlands Branch of the ALP, 1969-71

Secretary, Wollondilly State Electorate Council, 1969

Secretary, Macarthur Federal Electorate Council, 1970-71


Other Positions

Chairman, Australian Advisory Council on the Environment, 1975

Member, Australian Development Assistance Agency Board, 1975


Personal

Born 21.11.1937, Bowral, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (New England)

B.Ec (ANU)

Hon.Doctorate (New England)

Axeman, 1953-60

Bricksetter, 1958-60

Farmer-businessman, 1961-71

Economics Research Officer, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Canberra, 1971-72

Principal Economic Research Officer, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Canberra, 1976-78


Electorate

Description: Outer Metropolitan

Location: South-western outskirts of Sydney; it includes Campbelltown and the Sydney suburbs of Airds, Casula, Claymore, Eschol Park, Eagle Vale, Glenfield, Ingleburn, Leumeah, Lurnea, Macquarie Fields, Minto, Raby, Ruse, St Andrews and Woodbine.

Area: 148 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 73853 (at 15.2.1993)

Industries: Electrical manufacturing, motor plant, market gardens, various light industries.

Electorate: Werriwa includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Badgery's Creek, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Moorebank.