Gavan O'Connor

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Gavan O'Connor
Gavan O'Connor MP 2005.jpg
O'Connor in 2005
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Corio
In office
13 March 1993 – 24 November 2007
Preceded by Gordon Scholes
Succeeded by Richard Marles
Personal details
Born (1947-12-02) 2 December 1947 (age 69)
Colac, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (1993–2007)
Independent (2007)
Occupation Teacher

Gavan Michael O'Connor (born 2 December 1947) is an Australian politician who was an Australian Labor Party (ALP) member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 to November 2007, representing the Division of Corio, Victoria.



He was born in Colac, Victoria, and was educated at St Patrick's College, Ballarat, Monash University and the University of New England. He was a farmer, high school teacher, and member of the Colac City Council before entering Parliament.[1]


He contested the 1984 Corangamite by-election but was unsuccessful as expected as it was a safe Liberal seat.

He became Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (Kim Beazley) from 1996 to 1998 and Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from October 1998. He was Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries from December 2003 until 2007 when he was dropped in a cabinet reshuffle by incoming leader Kevin Rudd.[1]

O'Connor lost his endorsement as the ALP candidate for Corio to Richard Marles in March 2007. On 18 October the same year, he announced he would run as an independent at the 2007 Federal Election,[2] and achieved 12.7 percent of the vote, but lost to Marles.


  1. ^ a b "Biography for O'Connor, Gavan Michael". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Gavan O'Connor to run as an independent". Geelong Advertiser website. Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Gordon Scholes
Member for Corio
Succeeded by
Richard Marles