Born 9 May 1936
Parents: Robert William Ralph and Elsie May Norman
Marriage: 3 January 1958, Kathleen Erin Leach, 4s.
Occupation: Teacher, University Lecturer
Religion: Uniting Church
Education: Bungaree Primary School. Ballarat High School. TPTC 1954-55 (Ballarat Teachers' College), BSc 1966 (Melbourne), Dip Ed 1967 (Melbourne), MSc (Physics) 1977 (Melbourne).
Career: Teacher in higher elementary school 1956, high school 1957-59, technical school 1960-67. Senior Lecturer in Physics, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education 1968-88. Member: Australian Institute of Physics; American Physical Society; Australian X-ray Analytical Society; Morwell Football Club; Morwell East Sporting and Social Club; Churchill Football Club; Latrobe Valley Yacht Club (Life Member); Morwell Falcons Soccer Club. Morwell Shire Councillor 1976-89. (Shire President 1983-84, 1988-89).
Party: Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Foundation Member, Churchill Branch 1982. Executive Member, McMillan FEA (Returning Officer 1982-83).
|House||Electorate||Start *||End *|
|MLA||Morwell||1 October 1988||29 November 2002|
Appointments: Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs October 1999-November 2002. Shadow Minister for Post-Secondary Education and Training 1992-93. Shadow Minister for Roads and Ports 1993-96. Shadow Minister for Tertiary Education 1996-99. Shadow Assisting on Agriculture and Rural Affairs Feb-Mar 1999. Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 1992-99. Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Services Feb-Oct 1999. Shadow Assisting on Primary Industry Mar-Oct 1999. Natural Resources and Environment Committee 1990-92.
*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.