Russell Broadbent

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Russell Broadbent
Russell Broadbent Portrait 2012.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Corinella
In office
24 March 1990 – 13 March 1993
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Alan Griffin
Member of Parliament
for McMillan
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Christian Zahra
In office
2 March 1996 – 3 October 1998
Preceded by Barry Cunningham
Succeeded by Christian Zahra
Personal details
Born (1950-12-25) 25 December 1950 (age 66)
Koo Wee Rup, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Bronwyn
Children 3
Occupation Company director

Russell Evan Broadbent (born 25 December 1950), Australian federal politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as Member for McMillan, a federal electorate in the state of Victoria, for the politically conservative Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. He previously represented Corinella 1990–93 and McMillan 1996–98. He was a company director and self-employed retailer before entering politics.[1]

Broadbent was initially elected for the marginal Melbourne seat of Corinella in 1990, losing to Labor's Alan Griffin in 1993. In 1996, he challenged Barry Cunningham in what was then the suburban-rural seat of McMillan, and won it on a large swing. He was defeated by Labor's Christian Zahra in 1998. In 2004, however, he contested McMillan again after a redistribution erased the Labor majority and made it notionally Liberal. He was re-elected for the first time on 24 November 2007, at the same time as the Liberal Party's Coalition with the National Party of Australia lost government. Russell Broadbent was a candidate for streeton in 1984 and 1987 federal elections and lost.

Broadbent came to national prominence after siding with Liberal dissident, Petro Georgiou, the then-Member for Kooyong, and advocating better treatment of detainees.[2] He has upheld his position of not charging long-term detainees for their detention.[3]

Broadbent has said that global warming is "an issue for Australia and an issue for the world."[2] He is also an advocate for bike paths as a benefit to community health, transport and the environment.[2] Broadbent has expressed interest in improving funding for Landcare Australia.[3]


  1. ^ Geoff, Strong (11 October 2004). "Three times lucky for seasoned campaigner". The Age. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Kulich, William (29 January 2010). "Interview – Video> Liberal MP for McMillan Mr. Russell Broadbent Speaks to OCSN (29/1/2010)". One Cuckoo Short of a Nest. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b Kulich, William (13 August 2010). "Interview> Member for McMillan Mr Russell Broadbent: OCSN 2010 Election Coverage (13/8/2010)". One Cuckoo Short of a Nest. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

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Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Corinella
Succeeded by
Alan Griffin
Preceded by
Barry Cunningham
Member for McMillan
Succeeded by
Christian Zahra
Preceded by
Christian Zahra
Member for McMillan