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Biography for FREE, the Hon. Ross Vincent

Member for Macquarie (NSW) 1980-84; Member for Lindsay (NSW) 1984-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Macquarie, New South Wales, 1980 and 1983.

Re-elected following 1984 electoral redistribution for Lindsay, New South Wales, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.

Defeated at general elections 1996.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 4.4.90 to 4.6.91.

Minister for Science and Technology from 4.6.91 to 24.3.93.

Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Science from 4.6.91 to 27.12.91.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 27.12.91 to 24.3.93.

Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 4.6.91 to 27.12.91.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 26.11.80 to 4.2.83; Expenditure from 11.5.83 to 5.6.87; Employment, Education and Training from 8.10.87 to 11.5.89.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg and Berlin, September-October 1985; Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Brussels and the Federal Republic of Germany, September 1986.

Official visits to New Zealand, May 1993; Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Indonesia, January 1995; Indonesia, July 1995; Hong Kong, December 1995.


Born 7.3.43 at Bathurst, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc (Hons), DipEd (Syd).



Description: Outer metropolitan.

Location: Outer western suburbs of Sydney; it includes the centres of Berkshire Park, Castlereagh, Cranebrook, Emu Plains, Glenbrook, Kingswood, Lapstone, Llandilo, Mt Pleasant, Mulgoa, Orchard Hills, Penrith, Regentville and Werrington.

Area: 343 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 80 312 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Dairying, poultry, beef, fruit, vegetables, construction and service industries, tourism, wholesale and retail trade, building materials, engineering and electrical equipment, textiles, plastic and aluminium products, pharmaceutical goods, concrete and gravel extraction.

State electorates: Lindsay includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Badgery's Creek, Londonderry, Penrith and St Marys.