Richard Marles was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Corio in November 2007. Richard is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party and the Shadow Minister for Defence.
Born and raised in Geelong, Richard is an avid Geelong Cats fan. Richard was educated at Geelong Grammar School and has an LLB (Hons) and BSc from Melbourne University.
He began his career with legal firm Slater and Gordon. In 1998, he became Federal Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union where he was responsible for bargaining with national transport companies and managing the union’s activities in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
In 2000, he became Assistant Secretary of the ACTU and ran the Working Hours Case, which gave workers the right, for the first time, to refuse unreasonable amounts of overtime. He was a member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and led the ACTU’s work on OHS. He also led an innovative program of co-operation between the Australian and Papua New Guinea union movements.
During the Rudd-Gillard Governments, Richard served as Minister for Trade, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry.
He lives in Geelong with his wife Rachel and has four children, Sam, Isabella, Harvey and Georgia.