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, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 19.10.2009.
Ministerial appointments
  • Treasurer from 11.3.96 to 3.12.07.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.5.90 to 14.9.92.
  • House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.91 to 25.3.92.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, March-April 1995; Japan, March 1996; France, Germany and UK, May 1996; USA, September-October 1996; Philippines, April 1997; Malaysia, China and Hong Kong, September 1997; Singapore and Malaysia, November-December 1997; USA, April 1998; Canada and USA, May 1998; USA, April 1999; Malaysia and Hong Kong, May 1999; Papua New Guinea, July 1999; USA, Ireland and UK, September-October 1999; Germany and France, December 1999; France, June 2000; Indonesia and Brunei, September 2000; USA and Canada, October 2000; USA, April-May 2001; China, September 2001; Canada, November 2001; Vanuatu, July 2002; Mexico, September 2002; India, September 2002; UK and USA, September-October 2002; New Zealand, February 2003; Turkey and France, April-May 2003; Thailand, September 2003; Israel, Jordan and United Arab Emirates, September 2003; Mexico, October 2003; USA, April 2004; New Zealand, June 2004; UK and Germany, November 2004; New Zealand, February 2005; Indonesia and Republic of Korea, September 2005; USA, September-October 2005; China, October 2005; USA, January 2006; Russia, June 2006; Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, July 2006; Vietnam and South Africa, September 2006; Singapore, September 2006; New Zealand, January 2007; UK and USA, April 2007.
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 23.5.94 to 29.11.07.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 23.5.94 to 11.3.96.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Corporate Law Reform and Consumer Affairs from 11.4.90 to 23.5.92; Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice from 23.5.92 to 7.4.93; Shadow Minister for Finance from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Shadow Treasurer from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.
  • Chair, Public Administration Group from 23.5.92 to 7.4.93.
Party positions
  • State Executive, Young Liberal Movement (Vic) 1980-81.
  • Vice-Chair, East Metropolitan Area Conference (Vic).
  • Chair, Constitutional Committee (Vic) 1987-90.
Personal
  • Born 14.8.1957, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA, LLB (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 (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 89 345 (at 24.11.07).
  • Industries: retail and service industries.
  • State electorates: Higgins includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Malvern, and parts of Burwood, Hawthorn, Oakleigh and Prahran.
Publications
  • Arbitration in contempt, Melbourne: Mercury-Walch, 1986.
  • The Costello memoirs: the age of prosperity, Melbourne University Press, 2008.