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Jason Clare

Jason Clare 2013 (cropped).jpg
Minister for Justice
In office
14 December 2011 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byMichael Keenan
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
14 December 2011 – 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byPeter Dutton
Minister for Defence Materiel
In office
1 March 2012 – 4 February 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byKim Carr
Succeeded byMike Kelly
In office
14 September 2010 – 14 December 2011
Preceded byGreg Combet
Succeeded byKim Carr
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded byMichael Hatton
Personal details
Born (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 49)
Sydney, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Louise Tran
(m. 2012)
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales

Jason Dean Clare (born 22 March 1972)[2] is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has represented the Division of Blaxland in Western Sydney since 2007.

Clare has been a member of the shadow cabinet since 2013, under opposition leaders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. He was a government minister under Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd from 2010 to 2013, serving as Minister for Defence Materiel (2010–2011, 2012–2013), Home Affairs (2011–2013), Justice (2011–2013), and Cabinet Secretary (2013).

Early life and career

Clare was born and raised in Western Sydney and attended Cabramatta Primary School and Canley Vale High School. He was the dux of Canley Vale High School in 1989. When he left school he joined the Labor Party and was the secretary of the Cabramatta Branch for 10 years (1992 to 2002). He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He was a senior adviser to former NSW Premier Bob Carr and an executive at Transurban, one of Australia's Top 100 companies.[3][4]


Clare defeated incumbent 11-year Labor MP Michael Hatton for preselection in May 2007.[3][5][6] He also competed for preselection against George Williams, who had been "anointed by the ALP executive", had the "blessing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam" and whose chances had been "talked up" by ABC news reports.[7] Clare retained Blaxland at the 2007 federal election, which saw Labor win government.[8]

Clare has been touted as a future ALP leader but has denied any interest in becoming leader.[9]

Government (2007–2013)

Clare was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Employment in June 2009. Following the intra-party power struggle that saw Julia Gillard become Prime Minister, Clare was promoted into the Ministry and appointed Minister for Defence Materiel in September 2010. He retained Blaxland with a clear majority at the 2010 election.[2]

On 12 December 2011, Clare was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice[10] and in the March 2012 reshuffle he again picked up the portfolio of Defence Materiel.[11]

On 4 February 2013, Clare replaced Mark Dreyfus as Cabinet Secretary, at the same time relinquishing the defence material portfolio. He retained the home affairs and justice portfolios through to the government's defeat at the 2013 federal election. However, on 1 July, following a leadership spill that saw Kevin Rudd return as prime minister, he was replaced as Cabinet Secretary by Alan Griffin. Clare was a member of Cabinet from 25 March to 1 July 2013.[2]

Opposition (2013–present)

Clare has been a senior member of the shadow cabinet since Labor's defeat in 2013, under opposition leaders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. He has served as Shadow Minister for Communications (2013–2016), Resources and Northern Australia (2016–2019), Trade and Investment (2016–2019), Regional Services, Territories and Local Government (2019–present), and Housing and Homelessness (2019–present).[2]

Political views

Following the 2013 election, Clare blamed the leadership tensions between Gillard and Rudd for the party's defeat, and stated it was time for "generational change" in the party's leadership.[12]

Clare is a member of the Labor Right faction, and after Labor's defeat at the 2019 election initially supported Chris Bowen to replace Shorten as leader. However, Bowen later withdrew from the race, allowing Albanese (a member of the Left faction) to win election unopposed.[13]

Clare supports same-sex marriage.[14] Notably, his electorate had the highest percentage of "No" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017, with 73.9% of the electorate's respondents to the survey saying "No".[15]

See also


  1. ^ Jones, Gemma (27 October 2012). "Asylum minister Jason Clare to wed migrant's daughter Louise Tran". The Australian. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Hon Jason Clare MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Hatton dumped for former Carr adviser". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  4. ^ "About Jason Clare, Member For Blaxland – Jason Clare". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Combet confirmed as federal Labor candidate". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  6. ^ Walsh, Kerry-Anne (6 May 2007). "ALP's new faces have a strangely familiar look". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  7. ^ Lane, Bernard (15 August 2007). "Former contender becomes adviser". Higher Education. The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Blaxland". Divisional profile. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) retrieved 18 March 2012
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) retrieved 18 March 2012
  12. ^ "Jason Clare: Labor leadership 'dance of death' to blame for election loss". The Guardian Australia. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Albo picks up the pieces". The Weekend Australian. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017.

External links

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Hatton
Member for Blaxland
Political offices
Preceded by
Greg Combet
as Minister for Defence Materiel and Science
Minister for Defence Materiel
Succeeded by
Kim Carr
Preceded by
Brendan O'Connor
Minister for Home Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter Dutton
Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Michael Keenan
Preceded by
Kim Carr
Minister for Defence Materiel
Succeeded by
Mike Kelly
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