Daniel Andrews

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The Honourable
Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews in 2009
Leader of the Opposition of Victoria
Assumed office
3 December 2010
Deputy Rob Hulls
James Merlino
Preceded by Ted Baillieu
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Mulgrave
Assumed office
20 November 2002
Preceded by Constituency reestablished
Personal details
Born (1972-06-06) 6 June 1972 (age 42)
Williamstown, Victoria
Political party Labor Party
Spouse(s) Catherine Andrews
Children Joseph, Grace and Noah
Alma mater Monash University
Religion Catholicism
Website Official website

Daniel Michael Andrews (born 6 July 1972) is an Australian politician. From the Socialist Left, he is the current leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition in that state. Andrews was elected member for the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 election, and has served as a parliamentary secretary and minister in the Steve Bracks and John Brumby Labor governments.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Andrews was educated at Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta. He moved to Melbourne in 1990 to attend Monash University. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from Monash University. After graduating, Andrews became an electorate officer for federal Labor MP Alan Griffin. He worked at the party's head office from 1999 to 2002, initially as an organiser, and then as assistant state secretary. Andrews is married with three children.[1]

Political career[edit]

Following his election to parliament in the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 state election, Andrews was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Steve Bracks Labor government. Following the 2006 election, Andrews was appointed to the Cabinet, becoming Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. In 2007, Andrews became Minister for Health in the John Brumby Labor government.[3] In 2008 Daniel Andrews voted in favor of abortion law reform in Victoria.[4]

Labor leadership[edit]

Brumby resigned as leader of the Victorian Labor Party following the Labor defeat at the 2010 election, after 11 years of Labor governments. On 3 December 2010, Andrews was elected Victorian Labor Party leader, becoming Leader of the Opposition in Victoria, with Rob Hulls as deputy.[5] Hulls resigned in early 2012 and was replaced as deputy by James Merlino.

On 19 September 2013, Andrews was suspended from Parliament for three days after being "named" for disorderly conduct.[6]

See also[edit]


Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Constituency re-established
Member of Parliament
for Mulgrave

Political offices
Preceded by
John Thwaites
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
David Davis
Preceded by
Ted Baillieu
Leader of the Opposition of Victoria
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Brumby
Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria