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DANBY, the Hon. Michael DavidBiography for DANBY, the Hon. Michael David

Member for Melbourne Ports (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Melbourne Ports, Victoria, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts from 25.3.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Selection from 18.2.02 to 17.10.07; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 20.3.02 to 20.3.03; Procedure from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 18.11.10 to 17.6.13.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 8.12.98 to 4.12.00 and from 26.6.01 to 19.7.10; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 2.12.04 to 14.5.13 (Chair from 1.7.11 to 14.5.13), from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16, from 15.9.16 to 17.10.16 and from 12.2.18; Migration from 18.2.08 to 19.7.10; Parliamentary Library from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16; Treaties from 17.10.16.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.99 to 9.8.99; Cyber-Safety from 18.3.10 to 19.7.10 and from 12.10.11 to 14.5.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Arts from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Opposition Whip from 22.11.01 to 17.10.07.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Caucus Social Policy Committee.

Secretary, ALP Caucus National Security and Trade Committee.

Other Positions

Deputy Chair, Australia/US Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Secretary, Australia/Israel Friendship Group.


Born 16.2.1955, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

President, Student Council 1975-76.

Assistant to Mr S Lipski 1977-80.

Manager, HalMaag Art Gallery.

Assistant Private Secretary to the Hon. B Cohen, MP 1983-84.

Senior Vice-President, International Youth Conference, Kingston, Jamaica 1985.

Editor, Australia/Israel Review 1986-93.

Adviser to the Minister for Tourism, the Hon. AG Griffiths, MP 1993-94.

Industrial Officer, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1994-96.

Military Service

Officer Cadet Training 1980-82.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: inner Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Balaclava, Caulfield, Caulfield East, Elwood, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, Ripponlea, St Kilda, St Kilda East, St Kilda West, Southbank and South Melbourne, and parts of Docklands, Elsternwick and South Yarra.

Area: 40 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 102 283 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: car assembly plants, aircraft parts production, stevedoring and various manufacturing, commercial and retail industries.

State electorates: Melbourne Ports includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Albert Park, and parts of Brighton, Caulfield and Prahran.