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Who’s Who And Where Do They Come From In The Ministry

Posted by Atilla89 on December 1, 2007

Just to go a bit further on my previous post about Labor’s MP’s, The Australian has got an article just briefly outlining their past portfolios and when they came into politics. Here’s the part on the more important people in the Ministry. Notice how quite a few of them are from the ACTU? Yeah…Rudd  really is just a face for the Trade Unions.

KEVIN RUDD (50) – Prime Minister.
Member for Griffith, Qld. First elected 1998. Rudd became opposition leader one year ago after holding opposition portfolios including foreign affairs, international security and trade. Mr Rudd worked as a diplomat before becoming chief of staff to former Qld premier Wayne Goss in 1988.

JULIA GILLARD (46) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Industrial Relations.
Member for Lalor, Vic. First elected 1998. Gillard became deputy Labor leader when Rudd ascended to the top spot last year. She has held the major opposition portfolios of industrial relations and health. A former solicitor and chief of staff to Victorian Leader of the Opposition (and now Premier) John Brumby.

WAYNE SWAN (53) – Treasurer.
Member for Lilley, Qld. First elected 1993. Opposition portfolios have included transport, communications, infrastructure, family and community services and treasury. Mr Swan was Queensland ALP state secretary and campaign director for former premier Wayne Goss.

CHRIS EVANS (49) – Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and leader of the government in the senate.
West Australian senator. First elected 1993. Opposition portfolios have included national development, resources and energy. A former trade unionist.

JOHN FAULKNER (53) – Special Minister of State.
NSW senator. First elected 1989. Keating government minister for environment, sport and veterans’ affairs. Opposition portfolios have included public administration and accountability. Current ALP national president.

SIMON CREAN (58) – Minister for Trade.
Member for Hotham, Vic. First elected 1990. Hawke/Keating government minister for science, primary industries, employment and education. Former opposition leader. Other opposition portfolios have included treasurer, trade and regional affairs. Former president of the ACTU.

STEPHEN SMITH (51) – Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Member for Perth, WA. First elected in 1993. Opposition portfolios have included trade, resources and energy, communications, health and ageing, industrial relations and education. The former solicitor worked as an adviser to Labor prime minister Paul Keating.

JOEL FITZGIBBON (45) – Minister for Defence.
Member for Hunter, NSW. First elected 1996. Opposition portfolios have included defence, assistant treasurer, mining and energy. Former small business operator and TAFE lecturer.

NICOLA ROXON (40) – Minister for Health and Ageing.
Member for Gellibrand, Vic. First elected in 1998. Opposition portfolios have included children and youth, immigration and health. Former solicitor and associate to High Court Justice Mary Gaudron.

JENNY MACKLIN (53) – Minister for Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Member for Jagajaga, Vic. First elected in 1996. Deputy Labor leader under Kim Beazley, Simon Crean and Mark Latham. Opposition portfolios have included employment, education, community services and indigenous affairs. A former health and economics adviser in the Victorian state parliament.

LINDSAY TANNER (51) – Minister for Finance and Deregulation.
Member for Melbourne, Vic. First elected 1993. Opposition portfolios have included transport, consumer affairs, communications and finance since 2005. Mr Tanner has been a member of the Labor Party for more than 25 years.

ANTHONY ALBANESE (44) – Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
Member for Grayndler, NSW. First elected 1996. Opposition portfolios have included environment, heritage, infrastructure and ageing. He rose through the party ranks and was an adviser to former NSW premier Bob Carr before being elected.

STEPHEN CONROY (44) – Minister for Communications, Broadband and the Digital Economy.
Victorian senator. First elected 1998. Opposition portfolios have included communications and trade. A former local government councillor and research assistant.

KIM CARR (52) – Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
Victorian Senator. First elected 1993. Opposition portfolios have included science, local government, arts and indigenous affairs. A former teacher.

PENNY WONG (39) – Minister for Climate Change and Water.
South Australian senator. First elected 2001. Opposition portfolios have included employment and workforce participation, corporate governance and responsibility, public administration and accountability. Labor’s 2007 election campaign spokeswoman. Malaysian-born Wong has worked as an industrial officer, solicitor and barrister.

PETER GARRETT (54) – Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts.
Member for Kingsford Smith, NSW. First elected 2004. Opposition portfolios have included environment, climate change, reconciliation and the arts. Former lead singer of rock band Midnight Oil and environmental activist.

ROBERT McCLELLAND (49) – Attorney-General.
Member for Barton, NSW. First elected in 1996. Opposition portfolios have included homeland security, defence and foreign affairs. A former solicitor.

JOE LUDWIG (48) – Minister for Human Services.
Queensland senator. First elected 1998. Opposition portfolios have included Attorney-General, citizenship, multicultural affairs and justice. A barrister.

TONY BURKE (38) – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Member for Watson, NSW. First elected 2004. Opposition portfolios have included immigration and small business. A former trade union official and member of the NSW Legislative Council.

MARTIN FERGUSON (53) – Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Member for Batman, Vic. First elected 1996. Opposition portfolios have included roads and tourism. A former president of the ACTU and party official.

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