Alan Griffin – Ex Minister

Alan Peter Griffin, a former Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Corinella between 1993 and March 1996, and the Division of Bruce, from March 1996 until May 2016.

Griffin was first elected to Parliament at the 1993 federal election, unseating the Liberal incumbent in Corinella, Russell Broadbent. Corinella was abolished for the 1996 election, and Griffin followed most of his constituents into Bruce.

That seat had been in Liberal hands since its creation in 1955. However, it had been significantly altered by the latest redistribution, which gave Labor a slim majority. Griffin defeated Liberal incumbent Julian Beale by only 1195 votes, making him one of the few bright spots in Labor’s severe defeat that year.


Griffin was elected to the Opposition Shadow Ministry in October 1998. He was Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Health from 2003 to 2005. In June 2005 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Shadow Special Minister of State.

Following the 2007 federal electionPrime Minister Kevin Rudd appointed Griffin Minister for Veterans’ Affairs in the ministry. On 1 April 2010, he gained the portfolio of Minister for Defence Personnel. He retained these portfolios in the First Gillard Ministry, but chose not to continue in the Second Gillard Ministry, which was sworn in on 14 September 2010.