Bruce Billson

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The Honourable
Bruce Billson
Bruce Billson headshot.jpg
Minister for Small Business
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Gary Gray
Succeeded by Kelly O'Dwyer
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
In office
23 March 2007 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by De-Anne Kelly
Succeeded by Alan Griffin
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dunkley
Assumed office
2 March 1996
Preceded by Bob Chynoweth
Personal details
Born (1966-01-26) 26 January 1966 (age 49)
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Kate (née McCahon)
Alma mater Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Occupation Politician

Bruce Frederick Billson (born 26 January 1966) is an Australian politician. He is a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Dunkley in Victoria since 1996.[1] Billson served as the Minister for Small Business from September 2013 to September 2015.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Albury, New South Wales, and moved to Seaford (in what is now the Division of Dunkley) as a child. He was educated at Monterey High School in Frankston North and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was Manager of Corporate Development, for the Shire of Hastings, a Ministerial Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Natural Resources, and policy adviser to the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Senator Rod Kemp, before entering politics.[1]


Billson was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2004.[1] In 2005, he was also appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, and, in 2006, he was promoted to Minister for Veterans' Affairs – a position he retained until the defeat of the Howard government in the 2007 federal election.[1]

In 2007, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. In 2009, he was then appointed the Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and Cities.[1] and after the 2010 election he was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.[3]

Following the 2013 election he was sworn in to the cabinet as the Minister for Small Business.

Billson was dropped from the new Turnbull Ministry upon the ascension of the Turnbull Government. On 24 November 2015, he announced he would retire from politics at the next federal election.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Kate and has four children: Alexander, Zoe, Madeline and Isabella.


  1. ^ a b c d e About Bruce – Bruce Billson: Member for Dunkley
  2. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Former small business minister Bruce Billson to retire at next federal election". Nine News (Nine Network). 24 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bob Chynoweth
Member for Dunkley
Political offices
Preceded by
De-Anne Kelly
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Succeeded by
Alan Griffin
Preceded by
Gary Gray
Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Kelly O'Dwyer