Richard Marles is the Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition. He was elected as the Member for Corio in November 2007. He has a LLB (Hons) and BSc from Melbourne University. He began his career with legal firm Slater and Gordon, before going on to become the Federal Assistant Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union. In 2000 he became Assistant Secretary of the ACTU. He has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Trade, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Shadow Minister for Defence.
In February 2021, Richard was appointed Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business and Shadow Minister for Science.
Richard lives in Geelong with his wife Rachel and has four children, Sam, Isabella, Harvey and Georgia, and two dogs, Ablett and Alfie. He is a passionate Cats supporter.