The Hon Peter Reith 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 Flinders, Victoria, at by-election 4.12.82, vice the Rt Hon. Sir Phillip R. Lynch, KCMG (resigned). Defeated 1983.
  • Re-elected for Flinders 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2001.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Industrial Relations from 11.3.96 to 18.7.97.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 17.3.96 to 18.7.97.
  • Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business from 18.7.97 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 21.10.98 to 30.1.01.
  • Minister for Defence from 30.1.01 to 26.11.01.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 28.2.85 to 8.2.93 and from 18.6.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.10.87 to 20.10.88; Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.93 to 12.10.94.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Japan, Korea and Hong Kong, March-April 1997; Thailand and Singapore, December 1997; New Zealand, April-May 1998; New Zealand, January 1999; Switzerland and UK, June 1999; Japan, July 1999; Brunei, June 2000; East Timor, February 2001; China, February-March 2001; USA, April-May 2001.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 21.4.87 to 23.3.93 and from 8.9.93 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction from 21.4.87 to 1.5.87; Sport, Recreation and Tourism from 1.5.87 to 14.8.87; Shadow Attorney-General from 14.8.87 to 16.9.88; Industrial Relations from 16.9.88 to 12.5.89; Education from 12.5.89 to 11.4.90; Shadow Treasurer from 11.4.90 to 23.3.93; Shadow Special Minister of State from 8.9.93 to 17.1.94; Shadow Minister for Defence with Responsibility for Mabo from 17.1.94 to 26.5.94; Defence from 26.5.94 to 25.9.94; Foreign Affairs from 25.9.94 to 31.1.95; Industrial Relations from 31.1.95 to 11.3.96.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 3.4.90 to 23.3.93.
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 3.4.90 to 23.3.93.
  • Chair, Opposition Referendum Task Force 1988.
  • Chair, Economics and Business Group from 11.4.90 to 23.3.93.
  • Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 31.1.95 to 11.3.96.
  • Leader of the House from 11.3.96 to 8.10.01.
Party positions
  • Member, Sandringham Young Liberals from 1966; President 1970.
  • Member, State Executive of the Young Liberal Movement (Vic) 1971.
  • President, Phillip Island Branch, Liberal Party.
  • Delegate to State Council and Vice-President, Westernport Electorate Committee 1978-81.
  • Chair, Flinders Electorate Committee 1983-84.
  • President, Mt Eliza Branch, Liberal Party 1983-84.
Personal
  • Born 15.7.50 at Melbourne, Vic.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BEc, LLB (Monash).
  • Company Director.
  • Solicitor.
Local government service
  • Member, Western Port Regional Planning Authority 1976-80.
  • Councillor, Phillip Island Shire 1976-81; President 1980-81.
  • Member, Western Port Waterworks Trust and Cowes Sewerage Authority 1977-82.
Electorate
  • Description: Outer metropolitan and rural.
  • Location: Southern Victoria, east of Melbourne, based on Mornington Peninsula and West Gippsland; it includes the centres of Balnarring, Clyde, Corinella, Cowes, Crib Point, Dalmore, Devon Meadows, Dromana, Flinders, Grantville, Hastings, Koo Wee Rup, Mt Martha, Nyora, Portsea, Rosebud, San Remo, Shoreham, Somerville, South Cranbourne, Tooradin, Tyabb and Yannathan, and French and Phillip Islands.
  • Area: 2089 sq km (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 82 771 (at 3.10.98).
  • Industries: Steel-rolling mill, dairying, fishing, poultry, wineries, orchards and tourism.
  • State electorates: Flinders includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Dromana, and parts of Cranbourne, Frankston, Gippsland West and Mornington.