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JENKINS, Henry (Harry) AlfredBiography for JENKINS, Henry (Harry) Alfred

Member for Scullin (Vic) 1986-2013

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Scullin, Victoria, at by-election 8.2.1986, vice the Hon. Dr HA Jenkins (resigned).

Re-elected 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Positions

Deputy Chair of Committees from 8.5.90 to 8.2.93.

Deputy Speaker from 4.5.93 to 29.1.96.

Second Deputy Speaker from 30.4.96 to 17.10.07.

Speaker of the House of Representatives from 12.2.08 to 24.11.11.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Publications from 8.10.87 (Chair from 20.10.87) to 19.2.90; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 8.10.87 to 31.8.98; Environment and Heritage from 8.12.98 to 17.10.07; Finance and Public Administration from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Aboriginal Affairs from 26.10.89 to 19.2.90; Community Affairs from 16.5.90 (Chair from 17.5.90) to 8.2.93; Industry, Science and Technology from 16.10.90 to 8.2.93 and from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Selection from 12.5.93 (Chair from 12.5.93) to 29.1.96; Members' Interests from 29.5.96 to 17.10.07; Family and Community Affairs from 17.11.97 to 31.8.98; Science and Innovation from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; House from 12.2.08 (Chair from 12.2.08) to 24.11.11; Climate Change, Environment and the Arts from 7.2.11 to 5.8.13; Privileges and Members' Interests from 7.2.11 to 14.3.12.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 12.2.08 to 24.11.11; Human Rights from 14.3.12 to 5.8.13; Public Accounts and Audit from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13; Intelligence and Security from 17.6.13 to 5.8.13.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.93 to 29.1.96; Treaties from 7.2.12 to 5.8.13; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 7.2.12 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 9.2.99 to 30.8.99.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to India, Nepal and Bangladesh, November-December 1993.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO, Singapore and bilateral visit to Thailand, September 1995.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 6th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Seoul, January 1998.

Leader, Bilateral visit to Republic of Korea and Malaysia, July 1998.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, June 2000.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia, March 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, December 2003.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Philippines (ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation General Assembly) and Indonesia (Bilateral visit), September 2006.

CPA Study Group on the Environment, Belize, February-March 2007.

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Cambodia and 116th Assembly of the IPU, Nusa Dua, Indonesia, April-May 2007.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to India to attend the 53rd CPA Conference and the Philippines, September-October 2007.

Official Representative, Inauguration of the President of the Republic of Korea, February 2008.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 118th IPU Assembly, South Africa and bilateral visit to Jordon, April 2008.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore and Indonesia, October-November 2008.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Laos, January 2009.

Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 120th IPU Assembly, Ethiopia, and bilateral visit to Switzerland, April 2009; 122nd IPU Assembly, Thailand and Hong Kong, and bilateral visit to China, March-April 2010.

Official visits to UK and Switzerland, July 2009; USA, October-November 2009; Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, December 2009; Singapore and Indonesia, January 2010; Switzerland, July 2010; UK, France, the Netherlands and Mongolia, January 2011; Argentina, Brazil and Panama, April 2011; Japan and Republic of Korea, May 2011; Singapore and Indonesia, July 2011; Switzerland, October 2011; Argentina, Brazil and Panama, April 2012.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Malaysia and Sri Lanka, December 2011.

Party Positions

President, ALP Bundoora Branch 1980, 1986.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) 1979-81, 1982-83 and from 1997.

Member, ALP State Environment and Conservation Policy (Vic) 1980-82.

Member, ALP State Local Government Policy Committee (Vic) 1982-86.

Member, ALP State Municipal Executive (Vic) 1985-87.


Born 18.8.1952, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc (ANU).

Public servant.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Whittlesea Shire Council from 1979-86; President 1984-85.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: outer north Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Lalor, Mill Park, Thomastown and Watsonia North, and parts of Bundoora, Diamond Creek, Epping, Greensborough, Plenty, South Morang and Yarrambat.

Area: 101 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 90 822 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: manufacturing, including automotive components, clothing and textiles, metal products, light industrial, food processing, packaging and distribution, health and education.

State electorates: Scullin includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Mill Park, and parts of Bundoora, Thomastown and Yan Yean.