Catherine King (politician)
Catherine Fiona King (born 2 June 1966) is an Australian politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ballarat since 2001. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and briefly served as a minister in the Gillard and Rudd Governments in 2013. She served as Shadow Minister of Heath from 2013 to 2019, and has served as Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development since 2019.
|Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development|
|Assumed office |
2 June 2019
|Preceded by||Anthony Albanese|
|Minister of State for Road Safety|
25 March 2013 – 1 July 2013
|Prime Minister||Julia Gillard|
|Preceded by||Jim Lloyd|
|Succeeded by||Sharon Bird|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
10 November 2001
|Preceded by||Michael Ronaldson|
|Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories|
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
|Prime Minister||Kevin Rudd|
|Preceded by||Anthony Albanese|
|Succeeded by||Warren Truss|
|Born||2 June 1966|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Alma mater||Australian National University, Phillip Institute of Technology|
Education and early career
King was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and was educated at the Phillip Institute of Technology (now Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work and at the Australian National University, earning a Master of Public Policy. Before entering politics, King was a social worker, research officer and public servant. She was Assistant Director, Population Health Division, and then Aged Care Director, Injury Prevention, Population Health Division, at the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, and a Senior Manager at KPMG Consulting.
King was the only Labor candidate to win a seat at the 2001 election from the Liberal Party of Australia, and secured a 5.5-point swing, the largest swing to a Labor candidate in the poll. She was likely helped when the Liberals' initial candidate, Olympic gold medallist Russell Mark, resigned three months before the election, whereas King had 18 months to campaign. She maintained her seat at the 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 federal elections.
King was re-elected in the 2004 federal election with a slightly reduced majority and was then appointed the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development. In mid-2005 she was then promoted to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury.
King was appointed to serve in the Second Gillard Ministry and was sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on 14 September 2010 as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport. On 25 March 2013, King was appointed to the Ministry as the Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories and the Minister for Road Safety and sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce. Following the June 2013 Labor leadership spill, King was appointed as the Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories in the Second Rudd Ministry and promoted into the Australian Cabinet.
Despite the defeat of the Rudd Government in the 2013 federal election King retained her seat with a margin of 4.9 points. Following the election of Bill Shorten as Labor Leader, King was appointed to shadow cabinet as Labor Health spokesperson. King was re-elected for a sixth time in the July 2016 Federal Election increasing her margin to 7.3 points. She retained her position as Shadow Minister for Health.
- "2001 federal election – House of Representatives results for Ballarat". Canberra: Australian Electoral Commission. 27 November 2001. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Ballarat - the Australian political barometer Archived 25 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine, ABC, 10/10/2001
- Carney, Shaun (9 March 2002). "A landslide that never was". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
- "2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Ballarat". Canberra: Australian Electoral Commission. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Ballarat". Canberra: Australian Electoral Commission. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Ballarat". Canberra: Australian Electoral Commission. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- McKenzie, David (25 August 2010). "King makes Ballarat safe for Labor". The Weekly Times. Melbourne. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Full list of changes to the Gillard ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Second Rudd Ministry" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- "2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Ballarat". Canberra: Australian Electoral Commission. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- "Bill Shorten names his new shadow ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- Search or browse Hansard for Catherine King (politician) at OpenAustralia.org
- Official Australian Parliament website for Catherine King
- Official Facebook page of Catherine King
- Official Twitter page of Catherine King
- Official ALP webpage for Catherine King
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Ballarat
| Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories
as Minister for Regional Development
|New ministerial post|| Minister for Road Safety
as Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
| Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories
as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
as Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development