The Hon Greg Combet AM, MP

Former Member

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Charlton, New South Wales, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement from 3.12.07 to 25.2.09.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change from 25.2.09 to 9.6.09.
  • Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science from 9.6.09 to 1.4.10.
  • Minister for Defence Materiel and Science from 1.4.10 to 14.9.10.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change from 9.6.09 to 8.3.10.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 8.3.10 to 14.9.10.
  • Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 14.9.10 to 25.3.13.
  • Minister for Industry and Innovation from 14.12.11 to 25.3.13.
  • Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to UK, France, Spain and USA, July 2008; USA, September-October 2009; Mexico, December 2010; Belgium and France, April-May 2011; South Africa, December 2011; UK, Belgium and Germany, March-April 2012; Japan, Italy and France, April 2012; China and Republic of Korea, April 2012.
  • Born 28.4.1958, Sydney, NSW.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BEng(Min)(Hons I)(NSW), BEc (Syd).
  • Graduate Diploma of Labour Relations and the Law (Syd).
  • Union official 1987-2007.
  • Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1999-2007.
    Description: provincial.

    Location: lower Hunter Valley; it includes the centres of Boolaroo, Cardiff, Cooranbong, Edgeworth, Elermore Vale, Fletcher, Minmi, Morisset, Speers Point, Toronto, Wangi Wangi, and parts of Wallsend and Warners Bay.

    Area: 688 sq km (approx.).

    Electors enrolled: 94 480 (at 21.8.10).

    Industries: light and heavy engineering, timber, textiles, some dairy farms and poultry farming, tourism, coal-mining, electricity and retailing.

    State electorates: Charlton includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Cessnock, Charlestown, Lake Macquarie and Wallsend.
  • Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, June 2006.