Julian grew up in south-east Melbourne. He was elected to Port Phillip Council at the age of 25, and subsequently became the youngest ever Mayor of the City.
Julian was raised in Burwood, attended high school in Glen Waverley, and graduated from Monash University with degrees in Science and Law.
Julian worked in Bruce for Alan Griffin MP for five years. He knows and understands the issues affecting locals and is passionate about making a difference in their lives.
Julian has held a number of senior positions within the Victorian Public Service. These include Executive Director level positions working in economic development, employment, community and regional development, urban planning and transport, business engagement, local government, Aboriginal affairs, migration, trade and international education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria.
Julian lived as a single parent for many years. His daughter finished Year 12 in 2014 and is now embarking on university studies as an independent young woman.
An ALP member for over 20 years, Julian has shown a lifelong commitment to progressive politics, community action and public policy reform.
Julian has the experience, intelligence and energy to be a strong voice for the people of Bruce and to make a significant contribution in the Australian Parliament.