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Biography for LANGMORE, John Vance

Member for Fraser (ACT) 1984-96

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Fraser, Australian Capital Territory, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996. Resigned 6.12.96.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the National Library from 4.12.89 to 6.12.96.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Expenditure from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Selection from 15.5.90 to 8.2.93; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 16.10.91 to 6.12.96 (Chair from 4.6.92 to 29.1.96).

House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.91 to 25.3.92.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 3.5.89 to 19.2.90 and from 17.5.90 to 8.2.93; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 16.5.90 to 21.2.91. Joint: Australian Capital Territory from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87 and from 1.6.89 (Chair from 1.6.89) to 7.5.92; National Capital from 7.5.92 (Chair from 7.5.92) to 8.2.93; National Capital and External Territories from 27.5.93 to 6.12.96; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 20.10.87 to 29.1.96.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, 33rd CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, August-September 1987.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands, September-October 1992.

Party Positions

Senior Vice-President, ALP (ACT Branch) 1982-83.

President, ALP (ACT Branch) 1995-96.


Born 3.9.39 at Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BComm, DipSocStud (Melb), MEc (Monash), DipDevEcon (Cantab).

Lecturer in Economics, University of Papua New Guinea 1969-73.

Assistant Director, National Planning Office, Papua New Guinea 1973-76.

Economic Adviser to Labor Economic Spokesman 1976-83.

Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations 1983-84.


Alternative strategies for Papua New Guinea (editor, with Anthony Clunies Ross), Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1973.

Wealth, poverty and survival: Australia in the world (editor, with David Peetz), Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, 1983.

Work for all: full employment in the nineties (with John Quiggin), Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994.


Description: Inner metropolitan.

Location: Northern-western Canberra; it covers the Belconnen and Gungahlin areas, including the suburbs of Aranda, Bruce, Cook, Dunlop, Fraser, Giralang, Hawker, Holt, Kaleen, Latham, Mitchell, Ngunnawal, Nicholls, Palmerston and Weetangera. It also includes the town of Hall, and the southern coast district of Jervis Bay administered by the Australian Capital Territory.

Area: 295 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 63 711 (at 5.2.96).

Industries: Retail and service industries, administration, agriculture, light industry.