The Hon Simon Crean 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 Hotham, Victoria, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Science and Technology from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.
  • Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 4.4.1990 to 4.6.1991.
  • Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 4.6.1991 to 23.12.1993.
  • Cabinet Minister from 4.6.1991 to 11.3.1996.
  • Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 23.12.1993 to 11.3.1996.
  • Minister for Trade from 3.12.2007 to 28.6.2010.
  • Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Education from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Social Inclusion from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government from 14.9.2010 to 21.3.2013.
  • Minister for the Arts from 14.9.2010 to 21.3.2013.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 14.5.2013 to 5.8.2013.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs from 29.5.1996 to 17.11.1997.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to USSR, Japan and Korea, July 1990
  • Official visits to USA and Canada, September 1990
  • Official visits to Malta, Spain, Italy, Germany and France, November 1990
  • Official visits to New Zealand, July 1991
  • Official visits to Europe and UK, November 1991
  • Official visits to France, March 1992
  • Official visits to New Zealand, April 1992
  • Official visits to Asia and USA, July-August 1992
  • Official visits to Indonesia, November 1992
  • Official visits to Japan, USA, Czech Republic, Russia, Norway and UK, June 1993
  • Official visits to Europe, October 1993
  • Official visits to Japan and Italy, October-November 1993
  • Official visits to France, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia, June 1994
  • Official visits to USA, Republic of Korea and Japan, December 1994
  • Official visits to China, UK and Turkey, July-August 1995
  • Official visits to France and Germany, January 1996
  • Official visits to USA, UK, the Netherlands and France, October-November 1999
  • Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 7th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Lima, Peru, January 1999
  • Official visits to USA, France and UK, February 2001
  • Official visits to China, April-May 2002
  • Official visits to East Timor, May 2002
  • Official visits to UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland and USA, July 2002
  • Official visits to Indonesia and Singapore, September-October 2003
  • Official visits to Indonesia, October 2003
  • Official visits to UK, November 2003
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Mozambique and Kenya, July 2004
  • Attended CPA Wilton Park Seminar, UK, June 2005
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria, August-September 2006
  • Official visits to Indonesia, December 2007
  • Official visits to India, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium and USA, January-February 2008
  • Official visits to China and Hong Kong, April 2008
  • Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2008
  • Official visits to Indonesia, May 2008
  • Official visits to Peru, USA and France, May-June 2008
  • Official visits to New Zealand, June 2008
  • Official visits to Switzerland, July-August 2008
  • Official visits to China, August 2008
  • Official visits to Singapore, August 2008
  • Official visits to Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, October 2008
  • Official visits to Belgium, Russia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, October-November 2008
  • Official visits to Peru, November 2008
  • Official visits to China, December 2008
  • Official visits to USA, December 2008
  • Official visits to Switzerland, January-February 2009
  • Official visits to Thailand, February-March 2009
  • Official visits to USA and China, March-April 2009
  • Official visits to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and New Zealand, April 2009
  • Official visits to China and New Zealand, May 2009
  • Official visits to Indonesia, June 2009
  • Official visits to Samoa, June 2009
  • Official visits to Belgium and France, June 2009
  • Official visits to China, July 2009
  • Official visits to Singapore and Vietnam, July 2009
  • Official visits to New Zealand, August 2009
  • Official visits to Thailand, August 2009
  • Official visits to India, September 2009
  • Official visits to USA, October 2009
  • Official visits to Japan and Republic of Korea, October 2009
  • Official visits to Singapore, November 2009
  • Official visits to Switzerland, November-December 2009
  • Official visits to UK, Switzerland and South Africa, January-February 2010
  • Official visits to Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, April 2010
  • Official visits to Federated States of Micronesia, April 2010
  • Official visits to India, May 2010
  • Official visits to China, May 2010
  • Official visits to France, May 2010
  • Official visits to Japan, June 2010
  • Official visits to New Zealand, January 2011
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.1996 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Industry and Regional Development from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.
  • Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 20.3.1996 to 20.10.1998.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 19.10.1998 to 22.11.2001.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 19.10.1998 to 22.11.2001.
  • Shadow Treasurer from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 22.11.2001 to 2.12.2003.
  • Leader of the Opposition from 22.11.2001 to 2.12.2003.
  • Shadow Treasurer from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.
  • Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 8.12.2003 to 26.10.2004.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.
  • Shadow Minister for Regional Development from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Regional Development from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1977-85
  • Senior Vice-President, ALP Administrative Committee (Vic) 1979-81
  • Delegate, ALP Federal Conference from 1980
Personal
  • Born 26.2.1949, Melbourne, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Ec (Monash)
  • LL.B (Monash)
  • Assistant General Secretary, Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia 1976-79
  • General Secretary, Federated Storemen and Packers Union of Australia 1979-85
  • Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1981-83
  • Member, National Labour Consultative Council 1981-90
  • Senior Vice-President, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1983-85
  • Member, Economic Planning and Advisory Council 1984-90
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1985-90
  • Member, International Labour Organisation Governing Body 1986-90
  • Member, Qantas Board 1987-90
  • Member, Australian Industry Development Corporation Board 1988-90
Electorate
  • Description: Outer Metropolitan
  • Location: south-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Bentleigh East, Carnegie, Clayton, Clayton South, Cheltenham, Dingley Village, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Noble Park, Oakleigh, Oakleigh South, Springvale and Springvale South.
  • Area: 72 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 89581 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: retail and service industries, light engineering and warehousing.
  • Electorate: Hotham includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bentleigh, Brighton, Clayton, Lyndhurst, Mordialloc, Oakleigh and Sandringham.