Hon Melissa Parke MP


Former Member

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Fremantle, Western Australia, 2007. Re-elected 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health from 4.2.2013 to 1.7.2013.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Homelessness and Social Housing from 4.2.2013 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for International Development from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 18.2.2008 to 6.2.2013 (Chair from 26.8.2008 to 6.2.2013); Human Rights from 14.3.2012 to 13.2.2013.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 18.2.2008 to 5.2.2013; Treaties from 18.2.2008 to 6.2.2013; Treaties from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 3.9.2014 to 10.2.2015; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.6.2015 to 9.5.2016.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Health from 4.12.2013 to 18.3.2014.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 14.10.2013 to 19.2.2014.
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Health from 18.10.2013 to 19.2.2014.
Party positions
  • Member, ALP from 1995
  • Member and Chair, International Party Development Committee, ALP National Executive 2008-10
  • Born 11.8.1966, Bunbury, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Bus (Curtin)
  • LL.B (UNSW)
  • LL.M (Murdoch)
  • Grad.Dip.Legal.Prac (Sydney University of Technology)
  • Solicitor, private law firms 1992-94
  • Solicitor in Charge, Bunbury Community Legal Centre 1994-97
  • Lecturer, School of Law, Murdoch University 1999
  • Senior International Lawyer, United Nations (Kosovo, Gaza, Lebanon, Cyprus, New York) 1999-2007
  • Description: Inner Metropolitan
  • Location: south-west of Perth; it includes the city of Fremantle and the suburbs of Attadale, Atwell, Aubin Grove, Banjup, Beaconsfield, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Bicton, Cockburn Central, Coogee, Coolbellup, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Hilton, Jandakot, Kardinya, Munster, North Lake, Palmyra, Samson, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup, White Gum Valley, Willagee and Yangebup. It also includes Rottnest Island.
  • Area: 199 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 100902 (at 7.9.2013)
  • Industries: smallgoods, ship building, market gardens, brewing, hospitality, tourism and fishing.
  • Electorate: Fremantle includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Cockburn and Fremantle, and parts of Alfred Cove, Bateman, Cottesloe, Jandakot and Willagee.