Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

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Member for Gorton, Victoria

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Suite 1 Level 2 13-15 Lake Street
Caroline Springs, VIC, 3023

Postal address

Suite 1 Level 2 13-15 Lake Street
Caroline Springs, VIC, 3023

Telephone:
(03) 8390 6166
Fax:
(03) 8358 4245

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 4105
Fax:
(02) 6277 2286

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Burke, Victoria, 2001. Elected to the House of Representatives for Gorton, Victoria, 2004, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 2007 and 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Employment Participation from 3.12.2007 to 9.6.2009.
  • Minister for Home Affairs from 9.6.2009 to 14.12.2011.
  • Minister for Justice from 14.9.2010 to 14.12.2011.
  • Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information from 14.9.2010 to 14.12.2011.
  • Minister for Human Services from 14.12.2011 to 5.3.2012.
  • Minister Assisting for School Education from 14.12.2011 to 5.3.2012.
  • Minister for Housing from 5.3.2012 to 4.2.2013.
  • Minister for Homelessness from 5.3.2012 to 4.2.2013.
  • Minister for Small Business from 5.3.2012 to 4.2.2013.
  • Cabinet Minister from 5.3.2012 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from 4.2.2013 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for Employment from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Skills and Training from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 20.3.2002 to 17.10.2007 (Deputy Chair from 21.3.2002 to 17.10.2007).
  • Joint Standing: Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 27.3.2006 to 23.7.2016.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Employment and Workplace Relations from 16.2.2004 to 31.8.2004; Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007 (Deputy Chair from 9.12.2004 to 7.12.2006); Parliamentary Library (formerly Library) from 2.12.2004 to 7.12.2005; Education and Employment from 26.3.2015 to 9.5.2016; Employment, Education and Training from 15.9.2016 to 11.4.2019.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Chair of the Australian Labor Party Government Service Delivery Caucus Committee from 2002.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Social Policy Caucus Committee from 2002.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Economic Development and Living Standards Caucus Committee from 2002.
  • Chair of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party Industrial Relations Taskforce from 2005.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Industrial Relations from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 18.10.2013 to 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Special Minister of State from 2.3.2016 to 23.7.2016.
  • Shadow Minister for Employment and Industry from 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister for Science from 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business from 2.6.2019.
Party positions
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Vic.) from 1986.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party St Kilda Branch from 1988 to 1989.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party Melton Branch from 2000 to 2001.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference from 2000.
Personal
  • Born 2.3.1962, London, England
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Monash University).
  • LLB (Monash University).
  • DipTradeUnionPgm (Harvard University).
  • Union official 1986-2001.
  • Assistant National Secretary, Australian Services Union 1993-2001.
Electorate
  • Name: Gorton
  • Location: The Division of Gorton consists of: Melton City Council, and part of Brimbank City Council.
  • Area: 540 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 110,416 (at 12.6.2019)
  • Industries: Harness racing, horse training and breeding facilities, retail, construction, health care, transport and warehousing.