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Bill was born and raised in Melbourne, and is a proud Victorian. After completing high school at Xavier College, Bill graduated from Monash University in Arts and Law. Bill also has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Becoming involved in the Labor Party at university, Bill worked as a lawyer at the firm Maurice Blackburn Cashman after finishing his studies.
Bill joined the union movement in 1994 when he began work at the Australian Workers’ Union as an organiser. Passionate about getting a fair deal for Australian workers, Bill became the AWU’s Victorian Secretary and then National Secretary. Bill was also a director of Australian Super before entering parliament in 2007.
Bill has been Leader of the Opposition and the Labor Party since 2013. Last year, he ran a widely-praised election campaign for Labor, picking up 14 seats and significantly reducing the Government’s majority.
Bill lives in Maribyrnong with his wife, Chloe and their three children. He barracks for Collingwood in the AFL and enjoys taking part in fun runs, reading and spending time with his young family.