Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP

Member for Hunter, New South Wales

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

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Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 4550
Fax:
(02) 6277 8556

Electorate Office

Principal Office

3 Edward Street
Cessnock, NSW, 2325

Postal address

PO Box 526
Cessnock, NSW, 2325

Telephone:
(02) 4991 1022
Fax:
(02) 4991 2322

Connect with Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP

Email
Joel.Fitzgibbon.MP@aph.gov.au
Social media

Websites
Personal website
Party website

Alternative URL

http://www.aph.gov.au/J_Fitzgibbon_MP

Electorate details

Hunter, New South Wales

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Electorate profile

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Hunter, New South Wales, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
  • (The Division of Hunter was abolished as part of the 2016 redistribution however the Division of Charlton was renamed the Division of Hunter in the same year.)
Parliamentary appointments
  • Trustee, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 19.10.10.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Defence from 3.12.07 to 9.6.09.
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Industry and Resources from 21.10.02 to 31.8.04; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 2.12.04 to 7.2.07; Economics from 15.6.09 to 19.7.10 and from 20.9.12 to 5.8.13; Employment and Workplace Relations from 11.2.10 to 19.7.10; Selection from 30.9.10 to 14.5.13 and from 4.12.13; House from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Appropriations and Administration from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Procedure from 25.10.10 to 14.5.13; Regional Australia from 9.5.12 to 6.2.13; Publications from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13; Agriculture and Industry from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16; Privileges and Members' Interests from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 29.5.96 to 1.1.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 to 31.8.98.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 15.6.09 to 5.8.13.
  • Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 9.2.99 to 30.8.99.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Small Business and Tourism from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.
  • Shadow Minister for Resources from 25.11.01 to 8.12.03; and Tourism from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03.
  • Shadow Minister for Mining, Energy and Forestry from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04.
  • Shadow Minister for Banking and Financial Services from 26.10.04 to 24.06.05.
  • Assistant Shadow Treasurer and Revenue from 26.10.04 to 24.06.05.
  • Shadow Minister for Small Business and Competition from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06
  • Shadow Minister for Defence from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.
  • Chief Government Whip from 27.9.10 to 13.5.13.
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture from 18.10.13 to 13.10.15.
  • Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs from 1.7.14 to 23.07.16.
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 13.10.15.
  • Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia from 23.07.16.
Party positions
  • Delegate, NSW Young Labor 1985-86.
  • Senior Vice-President, ALP Cessnock Branch 1985-96.
  • Delegate, Cessnock State Electorate Council 1986-96.
  • Secretary, Hunter Federal Electorate Council 1990-96.
  • Delegate, ALP State Conference (NSW) from 1990.
  • Campaign Director, NSW State Elections 1991 and 1995.
Personal
  • Born 16.1.1962, Bellingen, NSW.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Ncle).
  • Automotive electrician 1978-90.
  • Electorate officer to EJ Fitzgibbon, MP 1990-96.
  • Part-time TAFE lecturer.
  • Small business operator.
Electorate
    Description: rural.

    Location: central New South Wales, to the north-west of Newcastle; it includes the towns of Aberdeen, Branxton, Cessnock, Denman, Kandos, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Scone and Singleton.

    Area: 20 111 sq km (approx.).

    Electors enrolled: 97 291 (at 7.9.13).
    Industries: agriculture, aluminium smelting, coal-mining, dairy farming, engineering, farming, forestry, fruit and vegetables, horse studs and racing, timber milling, tourism, wine grapes, wineries and wool and the Liddell and Bayswater Power Stations.

    State electorates: Hunter includes parts of the New South Wales Assembly electorates of Bathurst, Cessnock, Maitland and Upper Hunter.