- Parliamentary service
- Elected to the House of Representatives for Hotham, Victoria, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
- Ministerial appointments
- Minister for Science and Technology from 4.4.90 to 4.6.91.
- Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Science from 4.4.90 to 4.6.91.
- Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 4.4.90 to 4.6.91.
- Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 4.6.91 to 23.12.93.
- Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 23.12.93 to 11.3.96.
- Minister for Trade from 3.12.07 to 28.6.10.
- Minister for Education from 28.6.10 to 14.9.10.
- Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 28.6.10 to 14.9.10.
- Minister for Social Inclusion from 28.6.10 to 14.9.10.
- Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government from 14.9.10 to 21.3.13.
- Minister for the Arts from 14.9.10 to 21.3.13.
- Committee service
- House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.96 to 17.11.97.
- Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 14.5.13 to 5.8.13.
- Conferences, delegations and visits
- Official visits to USSR, Japan and Korea, July 1990; USA and Canada, September 1990; Malta, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, November 1990; New Zealand, July 1991; Europe and UK, November 1991; France, March 1992; New Zealand, April 1992; Asia and USA, July-August 1992; Indonesia, November 1992; Japan, USA, Czech Republic, Russia, Norway and UK, June 1993; Europe, October 1993; Japan and Italy, October-November 1993; France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia, June 1994; USA, Republic of Korea and Japan, December 1994; China, UK and Turkey, July-August 1995; France and Germany, January 1996; USA, UK, the Netherlands and France, October-November 1999; USA, France and UK, February 2001; China, April-May 2002; East Timor, May 2002; UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland and USA, July 2002; Indonesia and Singapore, September-October 2003; Indonesia, October 2003; UK, November 2003; Indonesia, December 2007; India, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and USA, January-February 2008; China and Hong Kong, April 2008; Papua New Guinea, April 2008; Indonesia, May 2008; Peru, USA and France, May-June 2008; New Zealand, June 2008; Switzerland, July-August 2008; China, August 2008; Singapore, August 2008; Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, October 2008; Belgium, Russia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, October-November 2008; Peru, November 2008; China, December 2008; USA, December 2008; Switzerland, January-February 2009; Thailand, February-March 2009; USA and China, March-April 2009; Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand, April 2009; China and New Zealand, May 2009; Indonesia, June 2009; Samoa, June 2009; Belgium and France, June 2009; China, July 2009; Singapore and Vietnam, July 2009; New Zealand, August 2009; Thailand, August 2009; India, September 2009; USA, October 2009; Japan and Republic of Korea, October 2009; Singapore, November 2009; Switzerland, November-December 2009; UK, Switzerland and South Africa, January-February 2010; Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, April 2010; Federated States of Micronesia, April 2010; India, May 2010; China, May 2010; France, May 2010; Japan, June 2010; New Zealand, January 2011.
- Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Lima, Peru, January 1999.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Mozambique and Kenya, July 2004.
- Attended CPA Wilton Park Seminar, UK, June 2005.
- Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria, August-September 2006.
- Parliamentary party positions
- Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 3.12.07. Shadow Minister for Industry and Regional Development from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98; Shadow Treasurer from 20.10.98 to 25.11.01 and from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04; Shadow Minister for Trade from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05; Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Trade and Regional Development from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.
- Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98.
- Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 8.12.03 to 26.10.04.
- Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 19.10.98 to 22.11.01.
- Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 19.10.98 to 22.11.01.
- Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 22.11.01 to 2.12.03.
- Leader of the Opposition from 22.11.01 to 2.12.03.
- Party positions
- Delegate, ALP Federal Conference from 1980.
- Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1977-85.
- Senior Vice-President, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1979-81.
- Born 26.2.1949, Melbourne, Vic.
- Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
- BEc, LLB (Monash).
- Assistant General Secretary, Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia 1976-79; General Secretary 1979-85.
- Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1981-83; Senior Vice-President 1983-85; President 1985-90.
- Member, National Labour Consultative Council 1981-90.
- Member, Economic Planning and Advisory Council 1984-90.
- Member, International Labour Organisation Governing Body 1986-90.
- Member, Qantas Board 1987-90.
- Member, Australian Industry Development Corporation Board 1988-90.
Description: outer metropolitan.
Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Bentleigh East, Carnegie, Clayton, Clayton South, Cheltenham, Dingley Village, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Noble Park, Oakleigh, Oakleigh South, Springvale and Springvale South.
Area: 72 sq km (approx.).
Electors enrolled: 89 581 (at 21.8.10).
Industries: retail and service industries, light engineering and warehousing.
State electorates: Hotham includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Clayton, Lyndhurst, Mordialloc, Oakleigh and Sandringham.