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THOMSON, the Hon. Kelvin JohnBiography for THOMSON, the Hon. Kelvin John

Member for Wills (Vic) 1996-2016

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Pascoe Vale from 1.10.1988. Resigned 5.2.1996.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Wills, Victoria, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 13.2.13.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade from 4.2.13 to 1.7.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Schools from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

State: Legal and Constitutional Committee (Vic) 1988-92; Public Accounts and Estimates Committees (Vic) 1992-96.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Procedure from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.96 to 17.11.97 and from 6.2.07 to 17.10.07; Science and Innovation from 8.5.07 to 17.10.07; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Climate Change, Environment and the Arts from 25.10.10 to 11.10.11 and from 7.2.12 to 13.2.13; Appropriations and Administration from 25.10.10 to 13.2.13.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 19.6.97 to 31.8.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 10.4.00 to 11.2.02; Human Rights from 14.3.12 to 6.2.13.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.08 to 15.6.09; Treaties from 18.2.08 to 6.2.13 and from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry (Vic) 1992-94. Shadow Minister for Energy and Minerals, Shadow Minister responsible for State Owned Enterprises and Shadow Minister for Tourism (Vic) 1992-93; Shadow Minister for Employment, Industry and Industrial Relations (Vic) 1994.

Manager, Opposition Business (Vic) 1994.

Federal: Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Treasurer and to the Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration from 26.8.97 to 20.10.98.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 9.3.07. Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01; Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage from 25.11.01 to 18.2.03; Shadow Minister for Sustainability and the Environment from 18.2.03 to 26.10.04; and Heritage from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Roads from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; and Housing and Urban Development from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Public Accountability and Human Services from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Attorney-General from 10.12.06 to 9.3.07.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 10.12.06 to 9.3.07.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1975.

Executive Member, ALP Coburg North Branch 1977-88.

President, Wills Federal Electoral Assembly 1980-81 and 1985-89.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1980.


Born 1.5.1955 at Coburg, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons)(Melb).

Public servant 1977-79.

Electorate Secretary to Senator GJ Evans 1979-82.

Project Officer, Commonwealth Ombudsman 1983.

Principal Project Officer, Australia Post 1984-88.

Member, Victorian Legislative Assembly (see Parliamentary Service above).

Local Government Service

Councillor, Coburg City Council 1981-88; Deputy Mayor 1983-84 and 1987-88.


Labor essays 1983 (co-editor with J Reeves), Richmond, Vic: Dove Communications, 1983.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: inner-north Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Brunswick, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Oak Park and Pascoe Vale, and parts of Coburg, Fawkner and Strathmore.

Area: 57 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 105 547 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: paper, tiles, clothing, steel, paints, glass, textiles, defence industries, joinery, electrical goods, retailing and various hardware industries.

State electorates: Wills includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Pascoe Vale, and parts of Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Essendon, Niddrie and Sunbury.