Biography

Tony was born in 1967 and grew up in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Living in Box Hill North for most of his life, his Dad was a school teacher and his Mum worked as a medical secretary.

Tony was educated at Kerrimuir Primary School in Box Hill North and then Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew where his Dad was a science teacher. While he may not have inherited his Dad’s love of science, he did enjoy history and sport, particularly rowing, football and athletics.

After school, Tony studied Commerce and Arts (Hons) at The University of Melbourne, paying for his costs by working as a nightshift cook at Denny’s 24-hour restaurant in Doncaster. He also kept up his interests in rowing and history by working as a part time rowing coach and history tutor.

After university, Tony commenced work as a policy researcher for the Institute of Public Affairs, before working as a media adviser and then senior adviser to the Federal Treasurer, the Hon Peter Costello MP.

Tony was elected as the Federal Member for Casey at the 2001 election. He was re-elected at the 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 elections.

Tony has been a member of numerous House of Representatives committees including the Standing Committee on Science and Innovation and the Standing Committee on Ageing. He was also the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and the Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Audit. In January 2007 Tony was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in the Howard Government.

From December 2013 to August 2015, Tony was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters and Chair of the Coalition Backbench Economics and Finance Policy Committee.

On 10 August 2015, Tony was elected as the 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives and was re-elected as Speaker on 30 August 2016.

Tony and his wife Pam have lived their whole lives in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and now live in the heart of the Casey electorate in Chirnside Park with their two sons.

Tony is a lifelong supporter of the Carlton Football Club and shares the love of the game with his boys. He also enjoys restoring classic cars - including his Holden Panel Van.

Anthony Albanese has still not learnt the lessons of Labor’s policy failures and the need for a consistent approach on border protection.

Sep 04

Under the Morrison Government bulk billing is at a record high. Read more at: http://lbr.al/whf0

Sep 04

Did you know 28% of child sex offenders sentenced in Australia last year did not serve one day in jail? That’s just not OK, not even close and it has to change. These offenders are the lowest of the low and we’re going to ensure they go to jail with new mandatory sentencing laws. We owe it to our kids to protect them. What’s more, the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under our new laws we’re going to introduce to Parliament next week.

Sep 03

Today is Australian National Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the day our flag was first flown.

Sep 03