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. Re-elected 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement from 3.12.2007 to 25.2.2009.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change from 25.2.2009 to 9.6.2009.
  • Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science from 9.6.2009 to 1.4.2010.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change from 9.6.2009 to 8.3.2010.
  • Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 8.3.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Defence Materiel and Science from 1.4.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 14.9.2010 to 25.3.2013.
  • Cabinet Minister from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for Industry and Innovation from 14.12.2011 to 25.3.2013.
  • Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation from 25.3.2013 to 1.7.2013.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to UK, France, Spain and USA, July 2008
  • Official visits to USA, September-October 2009
  • Official visits to Mexico, December 2010
  • Official visits to Belgium and France, April-May 2011
  • Official visits to South Africa, December 2011
  • Official visits to UK, Belgium and Germany, March-April 2012
  • Official visits to Japan, Italy and France, April 2012
  • Official visits to China and Republic of Korea, April 2012
  • Born 28.4.1958, Sydney, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Eng(Min)(Hons I)(NSW)
  • B.Ec (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
  • Electors enrolled: 94480 (at 21.8.2010)
  • Industries: light and heavy engineering, timber, textiles, some dairy farms and poultry farming, tourism, coal-mining, electricity and retailing.
  • Electorate: 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, 12.06.2006