About Mark

Mark was elected to Federal Parliament in 2007 representing the electorate of Port Adelaide. His career in Parliament has so far included; Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Minister for Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and Water.

Mark is currently the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

Before entering Parliament, Mark worked for 15 years in the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) including 11 years as State Secretary and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to trade unionism.

In 1997, Mark was elected President of the ALP in South Australia, and was a Member of the ALP National Executive and National Executive Committee from 2000 to 2014. He has also served as a member of several government and private sector boards including the South Australian Social Inclusion Board and the SA Tourism Commission.

Mark holds a First Class Honours Law degree, an Arts degree and a Masters degree in International Relations.
He lives in Woodville Park with his wife and two children, and is a keen supporter of AFL team, Port Power.

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Port Adelaide, South Australia in 2007.

Ministerial appointments

Minister for Climate Change, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water 1.7.13 - 2013 election.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness 4.2.13 to 1.7.13

Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform 14.12.11 to 1.7.13

Minister for Mental Health & Ageing 14.09.10 to 1.7.13

Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 9.6.09 to 14.9.10

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing:
Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 19.2.08 to 15.6.09.

Joint Statutory:
Public Accounts and Audit from 18.2.08 to 15.6.09;
Public Works from 18.2.08 to 15.6.09;
Parliamentary Library from 18.2.08.

Party positions

Delegate, ALP State Conference (SA) from 1993.
Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1998.
President, ALP (SA) 1997-98.
Member, ALP National Executive from 2000-2014.
President, ALP 2015- 


Born 1970, Canberra, ACT.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BA, LLB(Hons)(Adel).
MIntRel (Deakin).

Union official 1992-2007.


Awarded Centenary Medal, 2003.


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