The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP

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Former Member

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Rankin, Queensland, 1998. Re-elected 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister Assisting the Finance Minister on Deregulation from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 9.6.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Trade from 14.9.2010 to 5.3.2012.
  • Cabinet Minister from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for Trade and Competitiveness from 5.3.2012 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy from 28.10.2012 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research from 25.3.2013 to 1.7.2013.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 12.9.2005 to 17.10.2007.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 8.12.1998 to 8.10.2001; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 7.12.2005 to 17.10.2007.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Member, Official Committee Exchange Visit by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, New Zealand, June 2001
  • Official visits to New Zealand, May 2008
  • Official visits to USA, September 2010
  • Official visits to Republic of Korea, China and Singapore, October-November 2010
  • Official visits to Japan, November 2010
  • Official visits to India and Switzerland, January 2011
  • Official visits to New Zealand, April 2011
  • Official visits to China and Indonesia, April 2011
  • Official visits to USA, France and China, May-June 2011
  • Official visits to China and Indonesia, August 2011
  • Official visits to France, August-September 2011
  • Official visits to Canada, September 2011
  • Official visits to Japan, September-October 2011
  • Official visits to USA, November 2011
  • Official visits to Indonesia, November 2011
  • Official visits to Vietnam and Switzerland, December 2011
  • Official visits to Switzerland and Malaysia, January-February 2012
  • Official visits to Indonesia, March 2012
  • Official visits to Malaysia, March 2012
  • Official visits to Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, April 2012
  • Official visits to Malaysia, France, Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Germany and Russia, May-June 2012
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 22.11.2001 to 22.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Trade and Tourism from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002.
  • Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Trade from 23.8.2002 to 2.7.2003.
  • Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations from 2.7.2003 to 22.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations and the Public Service from 8.12.2003 to 22.10.2004.
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 7.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Service Economy, Small Business and Independent Contractors from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
Party positions
  • Convener, ALP Transport and Communications Policy Committee (Qld) from 1996
  • Member, ALP National Infrastructure, Rural and Regional Development Policy Committee from 1996
  • Chair, ALP Living Standards and Economic Development Caucus Committee from 1998
  • Chair, ALP Economic Caucus Committee from 2004
Personal
  • Born 15.11.1954, Baradine, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Ec(Hons) (Syd)
  • M.Ec (Syd)
  • Ph.D (ANU)
  • Economic analyst, United Nations 1978-80
  • Economic Adviser to the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Minister for Finance 1984-86
  • Assistant Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1986
  • Economic and Environmental Adviser to the Prime Minister, the Hon RJL Hawke, MP 1986-90
  • Director-General, Department of Environment (Qld) 1990-95
  • Chief Executive Officer, South East Queensland Transit Authority 1995-96
  • Director, Eco Managers 1996-98
Electorate
  • Description: Outer Metropolitan
  • Location: outer southern Brisbane; it includes the suburbs of Algester, Berrinba, Browns Plains, Calamvale, Crestmead, Daisy Hill, Drewvale, Heritage Park, Hillcrest, Kingston, Logan Central, Marsden, Parkinson, Priestdale, Regents Park, Rochedale South, Slacks Creek, Springwood, Underwood and Woodridge.
  • Area: 131 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 94602 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: retail and service industries.
  • Electorate: Rankin includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Woodridge, and parts of Algester, Logan, Springwood, Stretton and Waterford.
Publications
  • Twenty Twenty Vision: Australia's Future, Griffith University, Brisbane: 1998