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DANBY, the Hon. Michael DavidBiography for DANBY, the Hon. Michael David

Member for Melbourne Ports (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Melbourne Ports, Victoria, 1998. Re-elected 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 18.11.2010 to 17.6.2013.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 8.12.1998 to 4.12.2000; Electoral Matters from 26.6.2001 to 19.7.2010; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 2.12.2004 to 14.5.2013 (Chair from 1.7.2011 to 14.5.2013); Migration from 18.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Parliamentary Library from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 15.9.2016 to 17.10.2016; Treaties from 17.10.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 12.2.2018.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.1999 to 9.8.1999; Cyber-Safety from 18.3.2010 to 19.7.2010; Cyber-Safety from 12.10.2011 to 14.5.2013.

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Selection from 18.2.2002 to 17.10.2007; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 20.3.2002 to 20.3.2003; Procedure from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Opposition Whip in the House of Representatives from 22.11.2001 to 17.10.2007.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Caucus Social Policy Committee

Secretary, ALP Caucus National Security and Trade Committee

Other Positions

Deputy Chair, Australia/US Parliamentary Friendship Committee

Secretary, Australia/Israel Friendship Group


Born 16.2.1955, Melbourne, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

Manager, HalMaag Art Gallery

President, Student Council 1975-76

Assistant to Mr S Lipski 1977-80

Assistant Private Secretary to the Hon. B Cohen, MP 1983-84

Senior Vice-President, International Youth Conference, Kingston, Jamaica 1985

Editor, Australia/Israel Review 1986-93

Adviser to the Minister for Tourism, the Hon. AG Griffiths, MP 1993-94

Industrial Officer, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1994-96

Military Service

Officer Cadet Training 1980-82


Description: Inner Metropolitan

Location: inner Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Balaclava, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Elwood, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, St Kilda, St Kilda East, St Kilda West, Southbank and South Melbourne, and parts of Docklands, Elsternwick and South Yarra.

Area: 40 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 102283 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: car assembly plants, aircraft parts production, stevedoring and various manufacturing, commercial and retail industries.

Electorate: Melbourne Ports includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Albert Park, and parts of Brighton, Caulfield and Prahran.