Hon Bruce Billson

Hon Bruce Billson

Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Dunkley, Victoria, 1996. Re-elected 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.7.2004 to 26.10.2004.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 26.10.2004 to 6.7.2005.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs from 6.7.2005 to 27.1.2006.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 27.1.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for Small Business from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Environment, Recreation and the Arts served from 30.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Environment and Heritage served from 8.12.1998 to 19.3.2002; Legal and Constitutional Affairs served from 17.2.2000 to 8.10.2001; Environment and Heritage served as Chair from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Privileges served from 20.3.2002 to 12.8.2004; Communications served from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Economics served from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010
  • Joint Select: Trade and Investment Growth served from 22.2.2016 to 9.5.2016
  • Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme served from 13.10.2015 to 13.10.2015; National Disability Insurance Scheme served as Chair from 14.10.2015 to 9.5.2016
Parliamentary party positions
  • Liberal Party of Australia. Served: 02.03.1996 to 09.05.2016
  • Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Cabinet Minister from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and Cities from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Minister for Small Business, Deregulation, Competition Policy and Sustainable Cities from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Cabinet Minister from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
Party positions
  • Member of the Liberal Party from 1986.
  • Secretary of the Flinders Federal Electorate Committee (Vic.) from 1988 to 1994.
  • Delegate to the State Assembly and Province Electoral Committee (Vic.) from 1988 to 1992.
  • Delegate to the Liberal Party State Council (Vic.) from 1988 to 1992.
Other positions
  • Delegate to the Western Port Development Council Executive Group from 1992 to 1994.
  • Born: 26.1.1966, Albury, Australia
  • Gender: Male
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BBus (RMIT University).
  • GradDipMgt (RMIT University).
  • MBL (RMIT University).
  • Manager of Corporate Development for the Shire of Hastings from 1993 to 1994.
  • Ministerial Adviser to the State Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon. C Coleman, MLA (Vic.) from 1994 to 1996.
  • Policy Adviser to the Federal Shadow Minister for the Environment, Senator C Kemp, 1995.
Local Government service
  • Council Delegate, Mornington Peninsula Tourism from 1989 to 1994.
  • Council Delegate, Peninsula Library Service from 1990 to 1994.
  • Name: Dunkley
  • Location: south eastern outskirts of Melbourne; it includes the suburbs include Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South, Langwarrin, Langwarrin South, Mt Eliza, Mornington and Seaford, and parts of Baxter and Skye.
  • Area: 140 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 99,004 (at 7.9.2013)
  • Industries: light industry, commercial and retail.
  • Includes: Dunkley includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Frankston, and parts of Carrum, Hastings and Mornington.

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