The Hon Geoffrey Prosser MP


Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Forrest, Western Australia 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs from 11.3.96 to 18.7.97.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01 (Chair from 10.12.98 to 2.9.99 and from 17.2.00 to 8.10.01); Industry and Resources from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 20.10.88 to 19.2.90.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 25.3.98 to 17.10.07.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to New Zealand, August 1996; Hong Kong and Philippines, August-September 1996.
  • Parliamentary Adviser, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York, September-December 1999.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the West Indies, February-March 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, July-August 2002.
  • Attended the Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy Conference, UK, February 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia, April 2003.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, April 2004.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, July 2006.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Small Business, Housing and Customs from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93; Manufacturing and Service Industries from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Finance from 26.5.94 to 11.3.96.
Party positions
  • Liberal Party Bunbury Branch President 1979-82; Divisional Vice-President and Senior Vice-President 1982-84.
  • Born 6.11.1948 at Bunbury, WA.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Self-employed businessman, company director and registered builder.
  • Engaged in steel fabrication, building and construction, property development and management, and automotive engine reconditioning.
Local government service
  • Member, Bunbury City Council 1979-85.
  • Member, Bunbury Water Board 1979-85.
  • Description: rural.
  • Location: south-west Western Australia; it includes the centres of Augusta, Australind, Bridgetown, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Eaton, Harvey, Manjimup, Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton, Walpole, Yallingup and Yarloop.
  • Area: 21 143 sq km (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 87 145 (at 9.10.04).
  • Industries: agriculture (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, fruit and vegetables, wine, flowers), forestry (hard and softwoods, wood chipping) mining (coal, mineral sands, tin and tantalite), fisheries, manufacturing, commerce and tourism.
  • State electorates: Forrest includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Bunbury, Capel, Leschenault, Vasse, Warren-Blackwood, and parts of Collie-Wellington.