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Biography for BROWN, the Hon. John Joseph, AO

Member for Parramatta (NSW) 1977-90

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Parramatta, New South Wales, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Retired prior to general elections 1990.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism from 11.3.83 to 24.7.87.

Minister for Administrative Services from 11.3.83 to 13.12.84.

Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories from 24.7.87 to 18.12.87.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce from 21.4.83 to 13.12.84.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 13.12.84 to 24.7.87.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: House from 7.3.78 to 26.10.84; Expenditure from 14.3.78 to 4.2.83.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 5.5.78 to 18.10.78.

Joint Select: Family Law Act from 12.10.78 to 28.8.80.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to North America and Mexico, July 1980.

Joint Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Western Europe, Italy, Greece, Spain and Cyprus, October-November 1983.

Official visits to Japan, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Italy and UK, June-July 1985; New Zealand, July-August 1985; UK, Canada and USA, July-August 1986; Switzerland, October 1986; Egypt, UK and Japan, September-October 1987.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.11.80 to 11.3.83. Spokesman on Business and Consumer Affairs (less IAC, PJT, TPC); Tourism, Physical Fitness and Sport from 23.11.80 to 11.3.83.

Party Positions

President, ALP North Rocks Branch 1974-77.

President, Parramatta Federal Electoral Council 1974-77.


Born 19.12.31 at Sydney, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Meat wholesaler.

Chairman, NSW Wholesale Meat Traders' Association 1974-76.

Member, Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union for ten years.

Vice-President, Parramatta Community Council for the Arts 1974-75.

Vice-President, Community Services Bureau 1977-78.

Chairman, Parramatta Red Cross Door Knock Appeal 1977-78.

Local Government Service

Alderman, Parramatta City Council from 1977.


Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, June 1993.


Description: Metropolitan - residential and industrial.

Location: North-western Sydney; following the 1984 Federal redistribution includes the suburbs of Ermington, Harris Park, Merrylands West, Northmead, Parramatta, Pendle Hill, Rydalmere, Wentworthville, Westmead and Winston Hills, and parts of Girraween, Merrylands and Toongabbie.

Area: 49 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 69 345 (at 11.7.87).

Industries: Various manufacturing and service industries.

State electorates: Parramatta includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Carlingford, Granville, Parramatta, Ryde and Wentworthville.