Daniel Andrews

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The Honourable
Daniel Andrews
MP
Daniel Andrews in 2009
48th Premier of Victoria
Elections: 2014
Governor Alex Chernov
Deputy James Merlino
Preceded by Denis Napthine
40th Leader of the Opposition of Victoria
In office
3 December 2010 – 4 December 2014
Deputy Rob Hulls
James Merlino
Preceded by Ted Baillieu
Succeeded by Matthew Guy
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Mulgrave
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 November 2002
Preceded by District 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 Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Official website

Daniel Andrews (born 6 July 1972) is an Australian politician and the 48th Premier of Victoria, a post he has held since 2014. He has been the leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party since 2010, and from 2010 to 2014, was 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.[2][3] On 29 November 2014, he was elected Premier of Victoria after the ALP won the state election, defeating the incumbent Liberal government.[4] It was the first time since 1955 that a Victorian government had lost office after just one term.

Early life[edit]

Andrews was educated at the Marist Brothers' Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta. He moved to Melbourne in 1990 to attend Monash University where he was a resident of Mannix College.[5] Andrews 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

Following his election to parliament in the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 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.[6] In 2008 Daniel Andrews voted in favor of abortion law reform in Victoria.[7]

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.[8] Hulls resigned in early 2012 and was replaced as deputy by James Merlino.

Premier[edit]

By the time the writs were dropped for the 2014 state election, Labor had been ahead in most opinion polls for almost two years. Although Andrews consistently trailed Liberal premiers Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine as preferred premier, the Coalition had never recovered from Baillieu's forced resignation in 2013.

Labor held 43 seats at dissolution, but notionally held 40 after the redistribution of electoral boundaries. It thus needed a five-seat swing to make Andrews premier. On election night, it won seven seats for a total of 47, a majority of eight.[9] In his victory speech, Andrews declared, "The people of Victoria have today given to us the greatest of gifts, entrusted to us the greatest of responsibilities and bestowed upon us the greatest of honours."[10] He was sworn in as premier on 4 December.

Personal life[edit]

Andrews is married to Catherine Andrews, and together they have three children, Joseph, Grace and Noah. Andrews is a self-described devout and practising Roman Catholic.[11] As Health Minister during the passing of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, Andrews sought counsel from senior church clergy who advised him that the Act was contrary to Church teaching. Andrews replied that he "... [did] not intend to be a Catholic health minister ... [rather], it is my intention to be the Victorian health minister".[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The contender". The Age. 
  2. ^ a b Daniel Andrews parliamentary profile, parliament.vic.gov.au
  3. ^ "The contender". The Age Victoria. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Daniel Andrews rises as Coalition swept from power". The Age Victoria. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Hills, Ben. "The Contender". The Age, June 26, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Daniel Andrews Labor profile, ALPvictoria.com.au
  7. ^ "Life Vote". lifevote.org.au. 
  8. ^ Labor's Daniel Andrews endorsed as State Opposition Leader, Herald Sun, 3 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Electorates". ABC News. 
  10. ^ Victoria election 2014: Labor takes back government. ABC News, 2014-11-29.
  11. ^ "The contender". The Age. 
  12. ^ "The contender". The Age. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
District re-established Member of Parliament
for Mulgrave

2002–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Marsha Thomson
Minister for Consumer Affairs
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Tony Robinson
Preceded by
John Pandazopoulos
Minister for Gaming
2006–2007
Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs
2006–2007
Succeeded by
James Merlino
Preceded by
John Thwaites
Minister for Health
2007–2010
Succeeded by
David Davis
Preceded by
Ted Baillieu
Leader of the Opposition of Victoria
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Matthew Guy
Preceded by
Denis Napthine
Premier of Victoria
2014–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Brumby
Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria
2010–present
Incumbent