The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP

Former Member

Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Bradfield, New South Wales, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Resigned 19.10.2009.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 30.1.01 to 26.11.01.
  • Minister for Education, Science and Training from 26.11.01 to 27.1.06.
  • Minister for Defence from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.00; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Employment, Education and Training from 22.10.97 (Chair from 23.10.97) to 31.8.98; Employment, Education and Workplace Relations from 8.12.98 (Chair from 10.12.98) to 7.2.01.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Study tour, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Switzerland and France, July-August 1999; New Zealand, July 2002.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, September 2000.
  • Official visits to China, India and UK, October 2003; Chile, Brazil and USA, April 2005; China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, July 2005; United Arab Emirates, March 2006; New Zealand, May 2006; Singapore and Malaysia, June 2006; USA and UK, June-July 2006; Iraq and Afghanistan, August-September 2006; East Timor, November 2006; Bahrain, USA, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and UK, December 2006; Canada, April 2007; Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, April 2007; Singapore and Japan, June 2007; Indonesia and China, July 2007; United Arab Emirates and USA, August-September 2007; UK and USA, August 2008.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 29.11.07 to 16.9.08.
  • Leader of the Opposition from 3.12.07 to 16.9.08.
Party positions
  • Member, Liberal Party (Tas) from 1994.
  • Member, Liberal Party Pymble Branch from 1994.
  • Chair, Government Members' Health and Aged Care Committee 1996-98.
  • Secretary, Government Members' Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Committee from 1998.
  • Born 19.8.1958, Coburg, Vic.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BM BS (Flinders), MRACGP, FRACP (Hon), FAMA.
  • General medical practitioner 1985-95.
  • Director, Hobart and Launceston After Hours Medical Services 1987-91.
  • State President, Australian Medical Association (Tas Branch) 1990-92.
  • Federal Vice-President, Australian Medical Association 1991-93.
  • Federal President, Australian Medical Association 1993-95.
  • Medical columnist 1995-97.
    Description: inner metropolitan.
    Location: Sydney's North Shore; it includes the suburbs of Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Pymble, St. Ives, Turramurra, Warrawee, West Pymble and parts of Asquith, Chatswood, Chatswood West, Hornsby, Middle Cove, Roseville and Wahroonga.
    Area: 93 sq km (approx.).
    Electors enrolled: 93 405 (at 24.11.07).
    Industries: light manufacturing, service industries, Chatswood CBD and shopping centre, commercial businesses and government offices.
    State electorates: Bradfield includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Davidson, Hornsby, Kuring-gai, Lane Cove and Willoughby.