Part of the Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture series
The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Isaacs in November 2007. In 2010, Mark was appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. He works closely with the Prime Minister on Cabinet matters and with the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to put a price on carbon, improve our energy efficiency and increase our use of renewable energy.
In February 2013, Mark was appointed as Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management. In March 2013, Mark was given additional responsibilities as the Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State.
In his first term, Mark chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and was a member of the House Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
Mark was previously a Melbourne barrister and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. He served as an advisor to the Victorian Attorney-General and Minister for Planning between 1985 and 1987. An expert in commercial and planning law, Mark was the Legal Editor of the Victorian Planning Reports and was a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association. He was one of the top defamation lawyers in Victoria.
Mark also appeared for and advised Federal, State and local governments and appeared in a number of landmark cases in the High Court, including the Stolen Generations litigation.