Jason Clare

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The Honourable
Jason Clare
MP
Jason Clare, Beenleigh PCYC, August 2013 (cropped).jpg
Minister for Justice
In office
14 December 2011 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byMichael Keenan
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
14 December 2011 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byPeter Dutton
Minister for Defence Materiel
In office
1 March 2012 – 4 February 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byKim Carr
Succeeded byMike Kelly
In office
14 September 2010 – 14 December 2011
Preceded byGreg Combet
Succeeded byKim Carr
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded byMichael Hatton
Personal details
Born (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 46)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Spouse(s)Louise Tran (m. December 2012)[1]
ChildrenJack Clare (born 2016)
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales

Jason Dean Clare (born 22 March 1972)[2] is the Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Blaxland in the western suburbs of Sydney. He first won the seat at the 2007 Australian federal election, and retained it with clear majorities at both the 2010 and 2013 elections.[3] Clare filled various positions in the Second Gillard (2010–2013) and Second Rudd Ministries (2013), namely Minister for Defence Materiel, Minister for Justice, and Minister for Home Affairs.

Following Labor's loss at the 2013 election, he was named Shadow Minister for Communications in the Shadow Cabinet led first by Chris Bowen and then by the current Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten.

After the 2016 federal election Clare was named Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment and Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

Early life and career[edit]

Clare was born and raised in Western Sydney and attended Cabramatta Primary School and Canley Vale High School. He was the dux of Canley Vale High School in 1989. When he left school he joined the Labor Party and was the secretary of the Cabramatta Branch for 10 years (1992 to 2002). He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and an Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He was a senior adviser to former NSW Premier Bob Carr and an executive at Transurban, one of Australia's Top 100 companies.[3][4]

Politics[edit]

The safe Labor seat Blaxland was the electorate of Prime Minister Paul Keating from 1969 to 1996. From 1996 to 2007 it was held by Michael Hatton, who lost his Labor preselection for the 2007 election in May of that year and was replaced by Clare.[3][5][6] Clare also competed for preselection against George Williams, who had been "anointed by the ALP executive", had the "blessing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam" and whose chances had been "talked up" by ABC news reports.[7] Clare won Blaxland[8] in the 2007 federal election.

Clare has been touted as a future ALP leader but has denied any interest in becoming leader.[9]

Clare supports same-sex marriage.[10] Notably, his electorate (Blaxland) had the highest percentage of "No" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017, with 73.9% of the electorate's respondents to the survey saying "No".[11]

Ministerial appointments[edit]

Clare was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Employment in June 2009. Following the intra-party power struggle that saw Julia Gillard become Prime Minister, Clare was promoted into the Ministry and appointed Minister for Defence Materiel in September 2010.[12]

On 12 December 2011, Clare was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice[13] and in the March 2012 reshuffle he again picked up the portfolio of Defence Materiel.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Gemma (2012-10-27). "Asylum minister Jason Clare to wed migrant's daughter Louise Tran". The Australian. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  2. ^ "The Hon Jason Clare MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Hatton dumped for former Carr adviser". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  4. ^ "About Jason Clare, Member For Blaxland - Jason Clare". www.jasonclare.com.au. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  5. ^ "Combet confirmed as federal Labor candidate". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  6. ^ Walsh, Kerry-Anne (6 May 2007). "ALP's new faces have a strangely familiar look". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  7. ^ Lane, Bernard (15 August 2007). "Former contender becomes adviser". Higher Education. The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Blaxland". Divisional profile. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education-not-leadership-for-me-jason-clare/story-fn59niix-1226703584345
  10. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-13/same-sex-marriage-traditional-electorates-may-be-ignored-by-mps/8941410
  11. ^ "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017.
  12. ^ http://aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=HWL retrieved 18 March 2012
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011. retrieved 18 March 2012
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-18. retrieved 18 March 2012

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Hatton
Member for Blaxland
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Greg Combet
as Minister for Defence Materiel and Science
Minister for Defence Materiel
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Kim Carr
Preceded by
Brendan O'Connor
Minister for Home Affairs
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Justice
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Michael Keenan
Preceded by
Kim Carr
Minister for Defence Materiel
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Mike Kelly