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ANDREWS, the Hon. Kevin JamesBiography for ANDREWS, the Hon. Kevin James

Member for Menzies (Vic)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Menzies, Victoria at by-election 1991, vice the Hon. N Brown, QC (resigned). Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 4.3.1998 to 8.10.2001.

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 18.2.2008 to 23.2.2010.

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 5.2.2018.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Ageing from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 7.10.2003 to 30.1.2007.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 7.10.2003 to 30.1.2007.

Cabinet Minister from 7.10.2003 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 30.1.2007 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Social Services from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.

Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Minister for Defence from 23.12.2014 to 21.9.2015.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.1998 to 11.2.2002; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 14.9.2016 to 1.7.2019.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 11.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Migration from 22.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; National Disability Insurance Scheme from 5.9.2016 (Chair from 5.9.2016); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.9.2016.

Joint Select: Certain Family Law Issues from 26.5.1993 to 28.11.1995; Intelligence Services from 28.6.2001 to 27.8.2001; Australia's Family Law System from 14.10.2019 (Chair from 24.10.2019).

House of Representatives Standing: Long Term Strategies from 21.6.1991 to 8.2.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 19.12.1991 to 8.2.1993; Privileges from 25.6.1992 to 8.10.2001; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.1996 to 8.10.2001 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 8.10.2001); Members' Interests from 14.10.1996 to 8.10.2001; Family and Community Affairs from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Health and Ageing from 11.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Economics from 10.11.2008 to 3.2.2010; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Privileges and Members' Interests from 14.9.2016; Appropriations and Administration from 4.7.2019.

House of Representatives Select: Intergenerational Welfare Dependence from 28.6.2018 to 2.4.2019.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 7.8.1992 to 7.4.1993.

Shadow Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Chairman of the Coalition's Federalism Taskforce from 6.4.2008 to 16.9.2008.

Chairman of the Coalition Policy Review Committee from 14.10.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Chairman of the Coalition Policy Coordination Committee from 14.10.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Deputy Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee from 8.12.2009.


Born 9.11.1955, Sale, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (University of Melbourne).

LLM (Monash University).

LLB (University of Melbourne).

Research solicitor at the Law Institute of Victoria from 1980 to 1981.

Co-ordinator for Continuing Legal Education at the Law Institute of Victoria from 1981 to 1983.

Associate to the Hon. Sir J Gobbo at the Supreme Court (Vic.) from 1983 to 1985.

Barrister-at-law (Vic.) from 1985 to 1991.


Rights and Freedoms in Australia (chapter, ed. J Wallace and T Pagone), Federation Press, Sydney: 1990.

Trends in Biomedical Regulation (chapter, ed. H Caton), Butterworths, Sydney: 1990.

Issues in Biomedical Ethics (chapter, ed. Dr CJ Vas and EJ de Souza), Macmillan, Delhi: 1990.

The Heart of Liberalism: the Albury Papers (co-editor with K Aldred and P Filing), The editors, Mitcham, Vic: 1994.

Changing Australia: social, cultural and economic trends shaping the nation (co-author with M Curtis), Federation Press, Sydney: 1998.

Maybe 'I do': modern marriage and the pursuit of happiness, Connor Court, Ballan, Vic.: 2012.

Joseph Lyons and the management of adversity, Connor Court, Redlands Bay, Qld.: 2016.

One People One Destiny: a work in progress, Threshold Publishing, Melbourne, Vic.: 2017.

Great Rivalries: cycling and the story of Italy, Connor Court, Redlands Bay, Qld.: 2019.


Name: Menzies

Location: The Division of Menzies consists of: part of Manningham City Council, part of the Maroondah City Council, and part of the Nillumbik City Council.

Area: 184 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 107,801 (at 7.6.2019)

Industries: Retail, healthcare, education and training, manufacturing and various light industries.