James Merlino

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James Merlino
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Monbulk
Assumed office
30 November 2002
Preceded by Steve McArthur
Personal details
Born (1972-08-19) 19 August 1972 (age 42)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party

James Anthony Merlino (born 19 August 1972) is an Australian politician serving as the member for Monbulk in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, as a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Merlino was elected at the 2002 state election defeating Steve McArthur. Merlino comfortably retained his seat at the state election in 2006 and became the Minister for Sport and Recreation and Youth Affairs, securing a place in cabinet. Under new Premier John Brumby's government he retained that ministry and gained a new role as Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs.[1] He subsequently became Police Minister following the resignation of the previous Minister.

When the ALP lost government in the 2010 state election, Merlino became Shadow Minister for Police, the TAC and Road Safety. In February 2012, he was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria, following the resignation of Rob Hulls.[2]


  1. ^ "John Brumby's new Cabinet". Herald Sun. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Merlino becomes deputy leader of Vic ALP". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Steve McArthur
Member for Monbulk
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rob Hulls
Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party
in Victoria