The Hon Robert McClelland MP

Former Member

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Barton, New South Wales, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Attorney-General from 3.12.07 to 14.12.11.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 14.9.10 to 5.3.12.
  • Minister for Housing from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.
  • Minister for Homelessness from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.
  • Minister for Emergency Management from 14.12.11 to 5.3.12.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.96 to 31.8.98 and from 11.8.03 to 3.8.04; Privileges from 2.3.98 to 31.8.04.
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement from 15.5.13 to 5.8.13.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.96 to 31.8.98 and from 20.9.12 to 14.3.13; Electoral Matters from 15.5.97 to 30.10.97 and from 4.12.00 to 26.6.01; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.3.12 to 1.11.12.
  • Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 9.6.99 to 9.8.99; Gambling Reform from 13.2.13 to 24.6.13.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to UK and USA, March-April 2008; New Zealand, June 2008; UK, July 2008; New Zealand, July 2008 and January 2009; UK, November 2009; USA, April-May 2010; Switzerland, January 2011; New Zealand, March, April, July and November 2011; Belgium and France, November 2011; New Zealand, February 2012.
  • Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO meeting, Phuket, Thailand, September 1996.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2004.
  • Official visit to the Solomon Islands, December 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Poland and Italy, June-July 2006.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.10.98 to 3.12.07. Shadow Attorney-General from 20.10.98 to 8.12.03; Workplace Relations from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03; Justice and Community Security from 2.7.03 to 8.12.03; Homeland Security from 8.12.03 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Defence from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP from 1972.
  • Various positions including Branch Secretary and Delegate to State Conference (NSW).
  • President, Barton Federal Electorate Council.
Personal
  • Born 26.1.1958 at Sydney, NSW.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA, LLB (NSW), LLM (Syd).
  • Associate to the Hon. Justice PG Evatt, DSC, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia 1981-82.
  • Solicitor 1982-96; partner in firm 1988-96.
Electorate
    Description: inner metropolitan.
    Location: south eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Bexley, Bexley North, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carss Park, Dolls Point, Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Monterey, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, Turrella, Wolli Creek and parts of Beverly Hills, Carlton, Earlwood and Kingsgrove.

    Area: 44 sq km (approx.).

    Electors enrolled: 95 243 (at 21.8.10).

    Industries: Light manufacturing, commercial and retail industry, tourism and health services.

    State electorates: Barton includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Rockdale, and parts of Canterbury, Kogarah and Lakemba.