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WILLIS, the Hon. RalphBiography for WILLIS, the Hon. Ralph

Member for Gellibrand (Vic)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Gellibrand, Victoria, 1972. Re-elected 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Retired prior to general elections 1998.


Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations from 11.3.1983 to 24.7.1987.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters from 11.3.1983 to 28.6.1983.

Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1983 to 11.3.1996.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Industrial Matters from 1.7.1983 to 24.7.1987.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters from 28.6.1987 to 2.9.1988.

Minister for Industrial Relations from 24.7.1987 to 2.9.1988.

Minister for Transport and Communications from 2.9.1988 to 4.4.1990.

Minister for Finance from 4.4.1990 to 9.12.1991.

Treasurer from 9.12.1991 to 27.12.1991.

Minister for Finance from 27.12.1991 to 23.12.1993.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 27.5.1992 to 24.3.1993.

Treasurer from 23.12.1993 to 11.3.1996.


Committee Service

Joint Standing: Prices from 2.5.1973 to 11.11.1975.

House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 25.5.1976 to 10.11.1977; Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, OECD-Council of Europe Parliamentary Symposium on Development Co-operation, Paris, December 1978

Delegate, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, Geneva, June 1983

Delegate, 8th South Pacific Labour Ministers' Conference, Tonga, October 1983

Leader, Australian Tripartite Industrial Relations Mission, Tokyo, September 1984

Delegate, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, Geneva, June 1984

Official visits to Europe and North America, June 1984

Official visit to Korea, October 1984

Official visit to Europe, June 1985

Official visit to New Zealand, March 1985

Delegate, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, Geneva, June 1985

Chair, 10th Conference of Asian and Pacific Labour Ministers, Melbourne, October 1985

Delegate, 10th Asian Regional Conference of the ILO, Jakarta, December 1985

Delegate, OECD Meeting (at Ministerial level) of Manpower and Social Affairs Committee, Paris, November 1986

Delegate, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, Geneva, June 1986

Official visits to Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada, June 1986

Official visit to China, November-December 1986

Official visits to Korea and Thailand, September 1987

Official visits to Sweden, Finland and Denmark, November-December 1987

Delegate, 11th Conference of Asian and Pacific Labour Ministers, South Korea, September 1987

Delegate, ILO Meeting on Employment and Structural Adjustment, Geneva, November 1987

Official visit to Europe, June-July 1988

Official visits to USA, Canada, Japan and Singapore, February 1989

Official visit to New Zealand, August 1989

Official visits to Raratonga, USA, UK, Singapore, November 1989

Official visit to Europe, June 1990

Delegate, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference, Geneva, June 1990

Official visit to New Zealand, February 1991

Official visits to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, France, UK, Thailand and Indonesia, June-July 1991

Official visit to USA, November 1992

Official visit to Switzerland, January-February 1993

Official visits to USA, September-October 1993

Official visit to Hong Kong, October 1993

Official visit to Japan, October-November 1993

Official visit to Switzerland, January 1994

Official visit to Hawaii, March 1994

Official visit to USA, July 1994

Official visits to Spain, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and Japan, September-October 1994

Official visit to Indonesia, April 1995

Official visit to New Zealand, May 1995

Official visit to France, May 1995

Official visits to USA, Japan and New Zealand, September-October 1995

Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1996

Observer, Cambodian Election, July 1998


Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 21.1.1976 to 11.3.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Industrial Relations from 27.1.1976 to 29.12.1977.

Opposition Spokesman on Economic Affairs (incorporating Treasury, Finance and Economic Development) from 29.12.1977 to 23.11.1980.

Opposition Spokesman on Treasury (Economic Affairs) from 23.11.1980 to 14.1.1983.

Opposition Spokesman on Economic Development from 14.1.1983 to 11.3.1983.


Personal

Born 14.4.1938, Melbourne, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.Comm (Melb)

Research Officer and Industrial Advocate for the ACTU


Electorate

Description: Inner Metropolitan

Location: Western Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Altona North, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Footscray, Footscray West, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Newport, Spotswood, Sunshine, Tottenham, Yarraville and Williamstown.

Area: 75 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 81710 (at 5.2.1996)

Industries: Tyres, marine engineering facilities, power station, railway workshops, paper recycling and ropeworks.

Electorate: Gellibrand includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Footscray and Williamstown, and parts of Altona and Sunshine.