Chris Evans (Australian politician)

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Chris Evans
Senator for Western Australia
In office
1 July 1993 12 April 2013
Succeeded by Sue Lines
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
In office
14 September 2010 14 December 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Preceded by Simon Crean
Succeeded by Bill Shorten
Leader of the Government in the Senate
In office
3 December 2007 2 February 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Deputy Stephen Conroy
Preceded by Nick Minchin
Succeeded by Stephen Conroy
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
In office
3 December 2007 14 September 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by Kevin Andrews
Succeeded by Chris Bowen
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research
In office
14 December 2011 2 February 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Preceded by Kim Carr
Succeeded by Chris Bowen
Personal details
Born
Christopher Vaughan Evans

(1958-05-14) 14 May 1958 (age 60)
Cuckfield, UK
NationalityAustralia
Political party Australian Labor Party

Christopher Vaughan Evans (born 14 May 1958) is a former Australian politician. He was a member of the Australian Senate for the state of Western Australia from 1993 to 2013, representing the Australian Labor Party.

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Australian Labor Party Political party in Australia

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Early life

Evans was born in Cuckfield, England. He was educated at the University of Western Australia, where he graduated in Arts and was President of the University Labor Club. He was an industrial officer with the Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union during 1982–87 and State Secretary of the Fire Brigade Union of Western Australia during 1987–90. He was Western Australian State Secretary of the Labor Party during 1991–93. [1]

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Political career

Evans was elected to the Senate at the 1993 federal election and was re-elected in the 1998, 2004 and 2010 elections.

Evans was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from October 1998 until December 2007 when Labor won the election. During the period from 1998 until 2007, he held various Shadow Ministries including Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged (October 1998 to December 2001); Defence (November 2001 to August 2004); Reconciliation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (December 2002 to February 2003); Defence Procurement, Science and Personnel (August 2004 to October 2004); Social Security (October 2004 to June 2005); Indigenous Affairs (June 2005 to December 2006); Family and Community Services (June 2005 to December 2006) and National Development, Resources and Energy (December 2006 to December 2007). [2]

Evans was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in October 2004 and Leader of the Government in the Senate after the 2007 election. Evans was appointed Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in the First Rudd Ministry and retained this portfolio in the First Gillard Ministry.

First Rudd Ministry cabinet

The First Rudd Ministry (Labor) was the 65th ministry of the Government of Australia, and was led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. It succeeded the Fourth Howard Ministry upon its swearing in by Governor-General Major-General Michael Jeffery on 3 December 2007 after the 2007 election, and was replaced by the First Gillard Ministry on 24 June 2010 when the deputy leader, Julia Gillard, became prime minister.

First Gillard Ministry

The First Gillard Ministry (Labor) was the 66th ministry of the Australian government and was led by the prime minister, Julia Gillard. It succeeded the first Rudd Ministry upon its swearing in by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, on 24 June 2010. It was replaced by the second Gillard Ministry on 14 September 2010 after the 2010 election.

On 14 September 2010, following the 2010 election, Evans was sworn in as Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations in the Second Gillard Ministry. He was elected as the Leader of the Government in the Senate in December 2007.

Second Gillard Ministry

The Second Gillard Ministry (Labor) was the 67th ministry of the Australian government, led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It succeeded the first Gillard ministry upon its swearing in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on 14 September 2010 after the 2010 election.

Evans was the Acting Prime Minister for around 30 hours in June 2008, the first Labor senator to have been acting PM for nearly 100 years. [3]

Following the January 2013 announcement that the 2013 federal election will be contested in September 2013, Evans, together with Nicola Roxon, resigned from the Ministry, from Cabinet, and as Leader of the Government in the Senate, effective on 2 February 2013. [4]

Evans stated his intention to stay on in the Senate until such time as a replacement was found. [5] [6] He resigned from the Senate on 12 April 2013. [7] In 2014 former Foreign Minister Bob Carr revealed in his book Diary of a Foreign Minister that he had whilst Foreign Minister vetoed a decision by Prime Minister Gillard to appoint a former Cabinet colleague as Australian Ambassador to Turkey. Carr did not name the former Cabinet colleague but ALP sources eventually confirmed it to be Evans. When contacted by the Sydney Sunday Telegraph, Evans confirmed that he had conversations with Gillard about the Turkey diplomatic post but "nothing that went anywhere".

When asked about being posted to Turkey, Evans jokingly said, "I am more of a chicken man". [8]

Personal life

Evans is married with two sons. He supports Fremantle Football Club in the AFL. [9]

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References

  1. "Parliament of Australia: Senator the Hon Christopher Evans".
  2. http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22handbook%2Fallmps%2FAX5%22
  3. Woolford, Don (11 June 2008). "Chris Evans to make history as acting PM". The Age. Melbourne.
  4. Kenny, Mark; Wright, Jessica (2 February 2013). "Gillard in turmoil". The Age. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  5. Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2013
  6. News.com, 2 February 20i3
  7. aph.gov.au; Retrieved 18 May 2013
  8. The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) 13 April 2014
  9. "Chris Evans". alp.org.au. Australian Labor Party. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Andrews
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Chris Bowen
Preceded by
Simon Crean
as Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Tertiary Education, Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research
Succeeded by
Bill Shorten
as Minister for Workplace Relations
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister for Tertiary Education, Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, Science and Research
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Chris Bowen
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Faulkner
Leader of the Australian Labor Party in the Senate
2004–2013
Succeeded by
Stephen Conroy