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SHORTEN, the Hon. William (Bill) RichardBiography for SHORTEN, the Hon. William (Bill) Richard

Member for Maribyrnong (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Maribyrnong, Victoria, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction from 25.2.09 to 14.9.10.

Assistant Treasurer from 14.9.10 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation from 14.9.10 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 14.12.11 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Education from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Workplace Relations from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 13.10.13.

Leader of the Opposition from 13.10.13.

Party Positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1987.

Member, ALP State Administrative Committee (Vic) from 1989.

Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1998.

Member, ALP National Executive from 2004.

ALP State President (Vic) 2005-08.


Born 12.5.1967, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Monash), MBA (Melb).

Director, Australian Super (formerly Superannuation Trust Australia) 1998-2007.

National Secretary, Australian Workers' Union 2001-07.

Director, Victorian Funds Management Corporation 2005-07.


Awarded Centenary Medal 2003.

Military Service

Australian Army Reserve 1985-86.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: north-western Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Aberfeldie, Airport West, Avondale Heights, Braybrook, Essendon, Essendon North, Essendon West, Kealba, Keilor East, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, St Albans, Sunshine North, and parts of Maidstone and Strathmore.

Area: 73 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 110 286 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: mainly residential; light manufacturing and retail.