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Elected to the House of Representatives for Swan, Western Australia, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.
Re-elected following 1994 electoral redistribution for Brand, Western Australia, 1996, 1998 and 2001.
Minister for Aviation from 11.3.83 to 13.12.84.
Special Minister of State from 14.7.83 to 21.1.84.
Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 11.3.83 to 13.12.84.
Minister for Defence from 13.12.84 to 4.4.90.
Vice-President of the Executive Council from 15.2.88 to 1.2.91.
Minister for Transport and Communications from 4.4.90 to 9.12.91.
Minister for Finance from 9.12.91 to 27.12.91.
Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 27.12.91 to 23.12.93.
Minister for Finance from 23.12.93 to 11.3.96.
Deputy Prime Minister from 20.6.95 to 11.3.96.
House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 15.2.88 to 29.1.96.
Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 26.11.80 to 4.6.81; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 21.3.02.
Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs and Defence from 4.12.80 to 4.2.83 and from 20.3.02.
Conferences, Delegations and Visits
Parliamentary Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, January 1982.
Member, Australian Delegation to the South Pacific Commission, Pago Pago, October 1982.
Official visits to China, September 1984; New Zealand, March-April 1985; USA and Canada, August-September 1985; Indonesia, April-May 1986; Sweden, Germany and USA, May 1986; USA, August 1986; New Zealand, April 1987 and September 1987; South Pacific, October 1987; Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei, November 1987; Malaysia, April 1988; UK, Sweden and USA, June-July 1988; Papua New Guinea, July 1988; Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, September 1988; Papua New Guinea, October-November 1988; New Zealand, December 1988 and February 1989; USA, Europe and UK, June 1989; Papua New Guinea, January 1990; Turkey, April 1990; Singapore, Japan and South Korea, April 1991; USA and Hong Kong, September-October 1991; USA, July-August 1992; New Zealand, September 1992; Singapore and Indonesia, November 1992; USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, June 1993; Fiji, February 1995; USA, October 1995; Indonesia, December 1995; India, Singapore and Indonesia, November 1996; Hong Kong, Jordan, Israel, UK and Singapore, July 1997; East Timor, December 1999.
Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
Parliamentary Party Positions
Leader of the House from 15.2.88 to 11.3.96.
Deputy Leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party from 20.6.95 to 19.3.96.
Leader of the Federal Australian Labor Party from 19.3.96 to 22.11.01.
Leader of the Opposition from 19.3.96 to 22.11.01.
Member, ALP State Executive (WA) 1967-73 and from 1976.
Vice-President, ALP (WA) 1970-73.
Treasurer, ALP (WA) 1977-80.
Secretary, ALP Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence 1980-83.
Member, National Executive Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee from 1978.
Member, ALP Administrative Committee (WA) 1980-82.
Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1980.
Member, ALP National Executive from 1991.
Born 14.12.1948, Perth, WA.
Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament
MA (UWA), MPhil (Oxon).
Rhodes Scholar (WA 1973).
Tutor, Murdoch University 1976-79.
Lecturer in Social and Political Theory, Murdoch University, Western Australia 1980.
The Politics of Intrusion�the Superpowers in the Indian Ocean (with I. Clark), Sydney: Alternative Publishing Cooperative, 1979.
Location: South of Perth; it includes the centres of Kwinana, Mandurah and Rockingham.
Area: 430 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 77 732 (at 10.11.01).
Industries: Heavy industry in the Kwinana industrial area, alumina refining, tourism and the naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island.
State electorates: Brand includes parts of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Mandurah and Rockingham, and parts of Cockburn, Dawesville, Peel, Roleystone and Southern River.