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|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
3 October 1992
|Preceded by||David Lea|
27 December 1953 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||Monash University|
|Original team(s)||Caulfield Grammar|
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||71.5 kg (158 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Murray Hamilton Ross Thompson (born 27 December 1953) is a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He has served the Sandringham electorate since 1992. The electorate includes the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, and Sandringham, and parts of Cheltenham, Hampton, Highett and Mentone. He is the son of former Liberal Premier of Victoria Lindsay Thompson.
Early life and education
Thompson was educated at Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne where he served as Captain of football and member of debating team (1971–72), was School Captain, Caulfield Grammar 1972 and Member of the Caulfield Grammarians Cricket Club (1973–80). Thompson earned both a Bachelor of Arts (1979), a Bachelor of Laws (1981) from Monash University where he was Student Representative on the Law Faculty Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Practice (1979) and Law Student Society Committee Member. His postgraduate study earned him a Diploma of Education (1986) from Melbourne University.
He was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1982, set up his own suburban practice and worked as a solicitor before entering professional politics in 1992.
Thompson, a keen supporter of local sporting groups was himself an Australian rules footballer who played as a midfielder for Richmond in the VFL until three knee operations caused him to retire to complete his university studies after 14 senior games.
As a member of Parliament, he served on the Liberal frontbench in a range of portfolios in opposition, between December 2002 and February 2008.
- "Parliament of Victoria – Members Information – Murray Thompson (Sandringham)". Parliament.vic.gov.au. 1953-12-27. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- "Denis Napthine steps in as Victoria's Premier after Ted Baillieu quits". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Sandringham