About Richard Marles MP

Richard Marles is currently the Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business, Shadow Minister for Science, and the Federal Member for Corio.

Richard’s previous appointments include Shadow Minister for Defence, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister of Trade, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, and Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs.

Richard Marles - Portrait

Born in 1967, Richard was raised and educated in Geelong and went on to study Law and Science, achieving a LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne.

Richard lives in Geelong with his wife Rachel and has four children, Sam, Isabella, Harvey and Georgia. He is a devoted Geelong Cats supporter, golf fanatic and local history enthusiast.

…the critical ingredient in all of this is confidence – knowing that we in Geelong can do things as well as anybody else in the world…
First Speech to Parliament, February 18 2008

Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party

Being elected Deputy Leader of the great Australian Labor Party is a tremendous honour and I am grateful to my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to hold such a valued role within our party.

I intend to work hard, be respectful and engage collaboratively with all my colleagues across our nation to present a unified and progressive alternative government for the Australian people.

Our future offers us the opportunity to build on this proud Labor legacy of improving Australia, we have tremendous talent across our caucus, we have passionate supporters who want us to form government, and we have unity. Now we start work on building the best possible case for people to choose an Albanese Labor Government at the next election.

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