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Simon Crean is Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development, Local Government and Minister for the Arts.
Prior to his appointment to these portfolios in September 2010, Mr Crean was Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from June 2010 to September 2010 and Minister for Trade from December 2007 to June 2010.
Mr Crean has also held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions and was Leader of the Opposition from November 2001 to December 2003.
Following his election to Federal Parliament in March 1990, Mr Crean went to the front bench as Minister for Science and Technology in the Hawke Labor Government and later served as Minister for Primary Industries and Energy and Minister for Employment, Education and Training in the Keating Government.
Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Crean was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 1985 to 1990. He is also the Patron of the North Melbourne Football Club.