Richard Marles was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for
Corio in November 2007. In 2009, he was appointed Parliamentary
Secretary for Innovation and Industry.
He began his career with law firm Slater and Gordon. In 1998, he
became Federal Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union
where he was responsible for bargaining with national transport
companies and managing the union’s activities in the Australian
Industrial Relations Commission.
In 2000, he became Assistant Secretary of the ACTU and ran the
Working Hours Case which gave workers the right, for the first time, to
refuse unreasonable amounts of overtime. He was a member of the
National Occupational Health and Safety Commission and led the ACTU’s
work on OHS. He also led an innovative program of co-operation between
the Australian and Papua New Guinea union movements.
He was Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs from February 2008 to June
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