Christine Campbell (politician)

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Christine Campbell
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Pascoe Vale
In office
30 March 1996 – 29 November 2014
Preceded by Kelvin Thomson
Succeeded by Lizzie Blandthorn
Personal details
Born (1953-11-30) 30 November 1953 (age 64)
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children 4
Alma mater La Trobe University

Christine Mary Campbell (born 30 November 1953) is an Australian politician.


Born in Melbourne, Campbell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University. She later was Head of the National Women's Bureau in the Shop Distributive Association from 1974–80. She became an emergency teacher and adult migrant teacher in 1981, and joined the Australian Labor Party in 1983. In 1989 she became an electorate officer, and from 1992 to 1995 manager of the Caroline Chisholm Society.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1996, Campbell was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the member for Pascoe Vale, succeeding Kelvin Thomson, who was elected to the federal seat of Wills. Campbell immediately became Shadow Minister for Family Services and Women's Affairs, and in 1999 moved to the Community Services portfolio. Later that year, when Labor won government under Steve Bracks, Campbell became the Minister, and in 2002 became Minister for Senior Victorians and Consumer Affairs.[1]

She lists her interests as bushwalking, cycling and bioethics.[2]

Christine Campbell voted against what is now the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008.[3][4] She remains actively opposed to abortion, arguing in favour of doctors who, contrary to the Act, fail to refer patients seeking abortions.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Christine Campbell (Pascoe Vale)". Members Information. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Members Information - Christine Campbell (Pascoe Vale)". Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Paul Austin; David Rood (11 October 2008). "Abortion reform clears last hurdle". The Age. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Life Vote". 
  5. ^ "Review of Charter of Human Rights & Responsibilities Act 2006". 17 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Kelvin Thomson
Member for Pascoe Vale
Succeeded by
Lizzie Blandthorn