Parliament Office Electorate Office Connect Electorate details Parliament Office PO Box 6022 House of Representatives Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 4775 Fax: (02) 6277 8535 Connect with Mr Bob Charles MP Websites Speeches The first speech is not yet availableRecent speech Browse all speeches (Hansard) Biography Parliamentary service Elected to the House of Representatives for La Trobe, Victoria, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2001.Retired prior to general elections 2004. Parliamentary appointments Trustee, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 24.6.96 to 11.8.04. Committee service House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 16.5.90 (Chair from 30.5.96) to 22.10.97; Procedure from 14.9.92 to 8.2.93; Industry, Science and Technology from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; House from 8.12.98 to 31.8.04; Members' Interests from 23.5.01 to 8.10.01. Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 22.10.97 (Chair from 22.10.97) to 1.1.98; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.1.98 (Chair from 1.1.98) to 31.8.04.Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 2.6.99 to 9.8.99. Conferences, delegations and visits Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Pacific, July 1993.Study tour, China, April 1999; USA, July-August 2000.Member, Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Canberra, January 2000.Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Egypt, August-September 2002. Parliamentary party positions Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 25.9.94 to 11.3.96. Secretary to Shadow Cabinet from 25.9.94 to 11.3.96. Party positions Chair, Government Committee on Industrial Relations from 1996.Member, Government Committee on Treasury, Finance, Public Administration, Financial Services and Regulation from 1998.Member, Government Committee on Industry, Science, Resources, Sport and Tourism from 1998.Member, Government Committee on Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Employment Services from 1998. Personal Born 24.7.1936, Covington, Kentucky, USA.Died 17.4.2016. Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament BSc(ME) (Purdue) .Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia.Trainee, foreman, supervisor 1958-65.International Marketing Manager 1965-70.Managing Director, instrument company 1970-73.Chairman and Managing Director, construction company 1973-94. Electorate Description: outer metropolitan.Location: eastern outskirts of Melbourne covering the Dandenong Ranges; it includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beaconsfield, Belgrave, Berwick, Boronia, Cockatoo, Emerald, Ferntree Gully, Gembrook, Narre Warren, Officer, Olinda, Sassafras and Upwey.Area: 549 sq km (approx.).Electors enrolled: 88 269 (at 10.11.01).Industries: household products, car accessories and other light industries.State electorates: La Trobe includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bayswater, Berwick, Dandenong, Knox, Monbulk and Pakenham.