The Hon Peter Costello MP

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Former Member

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Higgins, Victoria, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 19.10.2009.
Ministerial appointments
  • Treasurer from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.
  • Cabinet Minister from 11.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.5.1990 to 14.9.1992.
  • House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.1991 to 25.3.1992.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, March-April 1995
  • Official visits to Japan, March 1996
  • Official visits to France, Germany and UK, May 1996
  • Official visits to USA, September-October 1996
  • Official visits to Philippines, April 1997
  • Official visits to Malaysia, China and Hong Kong, September 1997
  • Official visits to Singapore and Malaysia, November-December 1997
  • Official visits to USA, April 1998
  • Official visits to Canada and USA, May 1998
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998
  • Official visits to USA, April 1999
  • Official visits to Malaysia and Hong Kong, May 1999
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, July 1999
  • Official visits to USA, Ireland and UK, September-October 1999
  • Official visits to Germany and France, December 1999
  • Official visits to France, June 2000
  • Official visits to Indonesia and Brunei, September 2000
  • Official visits to USA and Canada, October 2000
  • Official visits to USA, April-May 2001
  • Official visits to China, September 2001
  • Official visits to Canada, November 2001
  • Official visits to Vanuatu, July 2002
  • Official visits to Mexico, September 2002
  • Official visits to India, September 2002
  • Official visits to UK and USA, September-October 2002
  • Official visits to New Zealand, February 2003
  • Official visits to Turkey and France, April-May 2003
  • Official visits to Thailand, September 2003
  • Official visits to Israel, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, September 2003
  • Official visits to Mexico, October 2003
  • Official visits to USA, April 2004
  • Official visits to New Zealand, June 2004
  • Official visits to UK and Germany, November 2004
  • Official visits to New Zealand, February 2005
  • Official visits to Indonesia and Republic of Korea, September 2005
  • Official visits to USA, September-October 2005
  • Official visits to China, October 2005
  • Official visits to USA, January 2006
  • Official visits to Russia, June 2006
  • Official visits to Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, July 2006
  • Official visits to Vietnam and South Africa, September 2006
  • Official visits to Singapore, September 2006
  • Official visits to New Zealand, January 2007
  • Official visits to UK and USA, April 2007
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.1990 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister for Corporate Law Reform and Consumer Affairs from 11.4.1990 to 23.5.1992.
  • Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice from 23.5.1992 to 7.4.1993.
  • Shadow Minister for Finance from 7.4.1993 to 26.5.1994.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 23.5.1994 to 29.11.2007.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 23.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Treasurer from 26.5.1994 to 11.3.1996.
Party positions
  • Vice-Chair, East Metropolitan Area Conference (Vic)
  • State Executive, Young Liberal Movement (Vic) 1980-81
  • Chair, Constitutional Committee (Vic) 1987-90
Personal
  • Born 14.8.1957, Melbourne, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.A (Monash)
  • LL.B (Hons) (Monash)
  • Barrister
  • Tutor in Law, Economics and Politics faculties, Monash University
Electorate
  • Description: Inner Metropolitan
  • Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Armadale, Ashburton, Kooyong, Malvern, Malvern East and Toorak, and parts of Camberwell, Carnegie, Glen Iris, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor.
  • Area: 39 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 89345 (at 24.11.2007)
  • Industries: retail and service industries.
  • Electorate: Higgins includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Malvern, and parts of Burwood, Hawthorn, Oakleigh and Prahran.
Publications
  • Arbitration in contempt, Mercury-Walch, Melbourne: 1986
  • The Costello memoirs: the age of prosperity, Melbourne University Press, 2008