Simon Corbell

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Simon Corbell
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Corbell at the Make It Count event in 2008
12th Deputy Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
In office
11 December 2014 – 31 October 2016
Leader Andrew Barr
Preceded by Andrew Barr
Succeeded by Yvette Berry
Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch)
In office
11 December 2014 – 31 October 2016
Leader Andrew Barr
Preceded by Andrew Barr
Succeeded by Yvette Berry
Attorney-General
In office
20 April 2006 – 31 October 2016
Leader Jon Stanhope
Katy Gallagher
Andrew Barr
Preceded by Jon Stanhope
Succeeded by Gordon Ramsay
Minister for Health
In office
20 January 2015 – 31 October 2016
Leader Andrew Barr
Minister for the Environment
In office
16 May 2011 – 31 October 2016
Leader Katy Gallagher
Andrew Barr
Succeeded by Mick Gentleman
Minister for Capital Metro
In office
11 December 2014 – 31 October 2016
Leader Andrew Barr
Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
for Molonglo
In office
9 January 1997 – 11 August 2016
Personal details
Born 21 November 1970
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Canberra
Profession Political advisor[1]

Simon Corbell (born 21 November 1970) is a former Australian politician and Deputy Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory. He was also Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for the Capital Metro.[2]

Corbell was first elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in 1997 as a member for the electorate of Molonglo in a countbank following the resignation of former Chief Minister Rosemary Follett. He has been a minister in the Stanhope, Gallagher and Barr governments.

On 14 August 2015, Simon Corbell announced his decision to retire from politics[3] at the Australian Capital Territory general election, 2016

Early life[edit]

Corbell grew up in Weston Creek. He attended the local primary and high school before studying at the University of Canberra where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.[4]

Before his election to the Assembly, Corbell worked for John Langmore, the Member for Fraser in the Australian House of Representatives, until Langmore's departure from parliament.[1]

Political career[edit]

As attorney-general, he has been involved in the establishment of the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) and the Human Rights Commission, and legislating for gay marriage in the ACT after legislation called the Civil Union Act 2006 (of the Australian Capital Territory) was overturned by federal intervention. In 2013, he introduced the bill for the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT), which the Legislative Assembly passed by a single vote but which was soon overturned in the High Court.[5]

List of ministerial positions held in ACT government[edit]

  • Deputy Chief Minister (December 2014 - 31 October 2016)
  • Attorney-General (20 April 2006 - 31 October 2016)
  • Minister for Health (20 January 2015 - 31 October 2016), (23 December 2002 - 20 April 2006)
  • Minister for the Environment and Climate Change (May 2011 -31 October 2016)
  • Minister for Capital Metro (December 2014 - 30 June 2016)
  • Minster for Police and Emergency Services (December 2015 - 31 October 2016)
  • Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services (13 November 2001 - 23 December 2002)
  • Minister for Energy (10 November 2008 - 16 May 2011)
  • Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water (10 November 2008 – 16 May 2011)
  • Minister for Industrial Relations (13 November 2001 - 23 December 2002)
  • Minister for Planning (13 November 2001 - 17 April 2007)
  • Minister for Police and Emergency Services (20 April 2006 - December 2014)
  • Minister for Sustainable Development (16 May 2011 - December 2014)
  • Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations (9 November 2012 - July 2014)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Simon Corbell". Member profile. Legislative Assembly for the ACT. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Simon Corbell". ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell to retire at 2016 ACT election". ABC News. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  4. ^ "About Simon Corbell". Simon Corbell MLA. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Simon Corbell". ACT Labor. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Rosemary Follett
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Molonglo

1997–2016
Electorate abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Stanhope
ACT Attorney General
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Hargreaves
ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
himself
as Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water
ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Katy Gallagher
as Minister for Industrial Relations
ACT Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations
2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jon Stanhope
ACT Minister for Health
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Katy Gallagher
Preceded by
Brendan Smyth
as Minister for Urban Services
ACT Minister for Planning
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Andrew Barr
Preceded by
Jon Stanhope
as Minister for the Environment
ACT Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water
2008–2011
Succeeded by
himself
as Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development
Preceded by
Bill Stefaniak
as Minister for Education
ACT Education, Youth and Family Services
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Katy Gallagher
Preceded by
Brendan Smyth
as Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts
ACT Minister for Industrial Relations
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Katy Gallagher