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Daniel Michael Andrews (born 6 July 1972) is an Australian politician who is the 48th Premier of Victoria, a post he has held since 2014. He has been the leader of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party since 2010, and from 2010 to 2014 was Leader of the Opposition in that state. Andrews was elected member for the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 election, and served as a parliamentary secretary and minister in the Steve Bracks
Steve Bracks
and John Brumby
John Brumby
Labor governments.[1][2] On 29 November 2014, he was elected Premier of Victoria after the ALP won the state election, defeating the incumbent Liberal government.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Early political career (2002–2010) 3 As opposition leader (2010–2014) 4 Premier of Victoria
Premier of Victoria
(2014–present)

4.1 Port of Melbourne
Melbourne
lease 4.2 Misuse of electoral officers

5 Personal life 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Andrews was born in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, to Bob Andrews (1950–2016) and Jan (born 1944). His family moved to Wangaratta in 1983, where he was educated at the Marist Brothers' Galen Catholic College.[1] Andrews moved back to Melbourne
Melbourne
in 1990 to attend Monash University, where he was a resident of Mannix College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and classics in 1996. After graduating, Andrews became an electorate officer for federal Labor MP Alan Griffin. He worked at the party's head office from 1999 to 2002, initially as an organiser, and then as assistant state secretary.[2] Early political career (2002–2010)[edit] Following his election to parliament in the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 election, Andrews was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Steve Bracks
Steve Bracks
Labor government. Following the 2006 election, Andrews was appointed to the Cabinet, becoming Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. In 2007, Andrews became Minister for Health in the John Brumby
John Brumby
Labor government.[4] In 2008, Andrews voted in favour of abortion law reform in Victoria.[5] As opposition leader (2010–2014)[edit] Brumby resigned as leader of the Victorian Labor Party following the Labor defeat at the 2010 election, after 11 years of Labor governments. On 3 December 2010, Andrews was elected Victorian Labor Party leader, becoming Leader of the Opposition in Victoria, with Rob Hulls as deputy.[6] Hulls resigned in early 2012 and was replaced as deputy by James Merlino. Premier of Victoria
Premier of Victoria
(2014–present)[edit] See also: Andrews Ministry Labor held 43 seats at dissolution, but notionally held 40 after the redistribution of electoral boundaries. It thus needed a five-seat swing to make Andrews premier. On election night, it won seven seats for a total of 47, a majority of eight.[7] In his victory speech, Andrews declared, "The people of Victoria have today given to us the greatest of gifts, entrusted to us the greatest of responsibilities and bestowed upon us the greatest of honours."[8] He was sworn in as premier on 4 December. On winning office, Andrews government cancelled the East West Link project and initiated the level crossing removal project and the Melbourne
Melbourne
Metro Rail Project. On 24 May 2016 Andrews made an official apology in parliament for gay men in Victoria punished during the time homosexuality was a crime in the state. It was decriminalised in 1981.[9] Port of Melbourne
Melbourne
lease[edit] In September 2016, the Andrews Government privatised the Port of Melbourne
Melbourne
for a term of 50 years in return for more than $9.7 billion.[10] Misuse of electoral officers[edit] In September 2015, the Opposition announced it would refer the Andrews government to IBAC, the police, or a parliamentary enquiry over allegations that the Labor Party had misused taxpayer-funded electoral officers for party political campaigning in the leadup to the 2014 state election. [11] After an eight month investigation, Victoria Police said no criminal offence had been committed.[12] The Legislative Council referred the matter to the Victorian Ombudsman, after the Supreme Court confirmed it was within her jurisdiction, and the government lost several appeals against the referral.[13] In March 2018, the Ombudsman released a report stating that Victorian Labor had wrongly used $387,842 of staff budget entitlements during the election campaign, breaching guidelines for the use of electoral staff.[14] The report identified 21 MPs (11 current MPs including six ministers) who had used the scheme, which had been devised by former Treasurer John Lenders. Andrews stated he was sorry the incidents had occurred, and that Labor had repaid the money.[13] Personal life[edit] Andrews met his wife at university. They married in 1998 and live in Mulgrave with their three children, Noah, Grace and Joseph. Andrews is a self-described devout and practising Roman Catholic. As Health Minister during the passing of the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008, Andrews sought counsel from senior church clergy who advised him that the act was contrary to Church teaching. Andrews replied that he "... [did] not intend to be a Catholic health minister ... It was my intention to be a Victorian health minister".[1] See also[edit]

Victorian state election, 2018

References[edit]

^ a b c d Hills, Ben. "The Contender". The Age, 26 June 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.  ^ a b Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
parliamentary profile, parliament.vic.gov.au ^ " Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
rises as Coalition swept from power". The Age Victoria. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.  ^ Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
Labor profile, ALPvictoria.com.au ^ "Life Vote". lifevote.org.au.  ^ Labor's Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
endorsed as State Opposition Leader, Herald Sun, 3 December 2010. ^ "Electorates". ABC News.  ^ Victoria election 2014: Labor takes back government. ABC News, 2014-11-29. ^ Priess, Benjamin Gay men receive apology more than 30 years after homosexuality decriminalised May 24, 2016 The Age
The Age
Retrieved May 25, 2016 ^ "Promise Delivered: Port Of Melbourne
Melbourne
Leased To Remove Level Crossings And Create Thousands Of Jobs". 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-23.  ^ "Andrews denies Labor 'rorted' funds during election campaign". ABC News. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2018.  ^ "Fraud squad clears Labor Party of misusing election staff". ABC News. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2018.  ^ a b "Victorian Labor staff scandal: What you need to know". ABC News. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.  ^ "Victorian Labor misused $388k for election campaign staff: ombudsman". ABC News. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018. 

External links[edit]

Parliamentary voting record of Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
at Victorian Parliament Tracker

Victorian Legislative Assembly

District re-established Member of Parliament for Mulgrave 2002–present Incumbent

Political offices

Preceded by Marsha Thomson Minister for Consumer Affairs 2006–2007 Succeeded by Tony Robinson

Preceded by John Pandazopoulos Minister for Gaming 2006–2007

Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs 2006–2007 Succeeded by James Merlino

Preceded by John Thwaites Minister for Health 2007–2010 Succeeded by David Davis

Preceded by Ted Baillieu Leader of the Opposition of Victoria 2010–2014 Succeeded by Matthew Guy

Preceded by Denis Napthine Premier of Victoria 2014–present Incumbent

Party political offices

Preceded by John Brumby Leader of the Labor Party in Victoria 2010–present Incumbent

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Premiers of Victoria

Haines O'Shanassy Nicholson Heales McCulloch Sladen MacPherson Duffy Francis Kerferd Berry Service O'Loghlen Gillies Munro Shiels Patterson Turner McLean Peacock Irvine Bent Murray Watt Elmslie Bowser Lawson Prendergast Allan Hogan McPherson Argyle Dunstan Cain Sr. Macfarlan Hollway McDonald Bolte Hamer Thompson Cain Jr. Kirner Kennett Bracks Brumby Baillieu Napthine Andrews

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Current Premiers and Chief Ministers of the States and internal territories of Australia

NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT

Gladys Berejiklian
Gladys Berejiklian
(Lib)

Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews
(ALP)

Annastacia Palaszczuk
Annastacia Palaszczuk
(ALP)

Mark McGowan
Mark McGowan
(ALP)

Steven Marshall
Steven Marshall
(Lib)

Will Hodgman
Will Hodgman
(Lib)

Andrew Barr
Andrew Barr
(ALP)

Michael Gunner
Michael Gunner
(ALP)

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Current Members of the Victorian Legislative Assembly

Labor (45)

Jacinta Allan Daniel Andrews Lizzie Blandthorn Colin Brooks Josh Bull Anthony Carbines Ben Carroll Christine Couzens Lily D'Ambrosio Steve Dimopoulos Luke Donnellan Paul Edbrooke Maree Edwards John Eren Martin Foley Jane Garrett Judith Graley Danielle Green Bronwyn Halfpenny Jill Hennessy Geoff Howard Natalie Hutchins Marlene Kairouz Sonya Kilkenny Sharon Knight Telmo Languiller Hong Lim Frank McGuire James Merlino Lisa Neville Wade Noonan Martin Pakula Tim Pallas Danny Pearson Jude Perera Tim Richardson Robin Scott Ros Spence Nick Staikos Natalie Suleyman Mary-Anne Thomas Marsha Thomson Vicki Ward Gabrielle Williams Richard Wynne

Liberal (30)

Neil Angus Louise Asher Brad Battin Gary Blackwood Roma Britnell Neale Burgess Robert Clark Martin Dixon Christine Fyffe Michael Gidley Matthew Guy David Hodgett Andrew Katos Cindy McLeish David Morris Michael O'Brien Brian Paynter John Pesutto Richard Riordan Dee Ryall Ryan Smith Tim Smith David Southwick Louise Staley Murray Thompson Bill Tilley Heidi Victoria Nick Wakeling Graham Watt Kim Wells

National (7)

Tim Bull Peter Crisp Emma Kealy Tim McCurdy Danny O'Brien Steph Ryan Peter Walsh

Greens (3)

Sam Hibbins Ellen Sandell Lidia Thorpe

Independent (3)

Don Nardella Russell Northe Suzanna Sheed

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Current members of the Cabinet of Victoria

Andrews Merlino Jennings Pulford Pakula Allan Carroll Dalidakis D'Ambrosio Donnellan Eren Foley Hennessy Hutchins Kairouz Mikakos Neville Pakula Pallas Scott Tierney Wynne

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Leaders of the Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
(Victorian Branch)

Prendergast Elmslie Prendergast Hogan Tunnecliffe Cain Sr. Shepherd Stoneham Holding Wilkes Cain Jr. Kirner Kennan Brumby Bracks Br

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