Roper, Thomas William

Born 06 March 1945 (Chatswood, New South Wales)
Parents: T. J. Roper, truck driver and clerk, and C. F. Roper (Gunn)
Marriage: 20 July 1968 Marilyn Ann Joyce, 2d. (2) 14 September 1991 Anita Michele Shulz.
Occupation: University tutor
Education: State schools, North Sydney Boys' and Hunter's Hill High Schools, Sydney University, BA (Hons)

Career: National Aboriginal Affairs officer National Union of Australian University Students 1967-1968, education v-president National Union of Australian University Students 1968-1970, tutor and senior tutor School of Education La Trobe University 1970-1973, adviser to fed. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 1973, part-time commissioner Aust. Social Welfare Commission 1973-1976, member Vic. Institute of Colleges Council 1976-1981. Member, Australian Govt. Advisory Council on the Environment and Employment Opportunities 1994-96. Board Member, Australian Hearing Services 1995-2001. Board Member, Climate Institute, Washington DC since 1994. Board Member Greenfleet Australia, since 2003. Project Leader, Small Islands Project. Honorary Life Member, Metropolis Assoc.

Party: Australian Labor Party
Party Note: Joined Parkville branch, campaign director for D. Bornstein (q.v.) 1970, secretary parl. party 1977-1980, member state admin committee 1981-1985. Member, State and Federal, Education, Health and Transport ALP policy cttees.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLABrunswick West19 May 1973 19 March 1976 
MLABrunswick20 March 1976 2 October 1992 
MLACoburg3 October 1992 31 March 1994Resigned

Inaugural speech

Appointments: Minister of Health 1982-85. Minister for Transport 1985-87. Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Consumer Affairs 1987-90. Treasurer 1990-92. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 1987-90, 1991-92. Minister for Employment, Post-Secondary Education and Training and Minister for Gaming Jan-Oct 1992. Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation, Racing and Gaming 1992-93. Shadow Minister for Health 1976-82, 1992-93. Leader of the House 1989-92. Committee Service: Scrutiny of Acts & Regulations committee 1992-94. Printing committee 1973-1979. Public Servants Ethical Conduct committee 1974-1976. Subordinate Legislation committee 1976-1982. Privileges committee 1978-1982.
Publications: Author of: Aboriginal Education: The Teacher's Role 1968, The Myth of Equality 1970, Under Five in Aust (co-author) 1973, Personal Health Services in Vic. 1976


References: Who's Who in Australia 1977-1983; Victorian Parliamentary Handbook; 'Notable Australians', Melbourne, 1978; Herald 2 Apr 1969; SNP 29 May 1970, 10 Aug 1982; Age 2 July 1982; Prime Time Aug 1982; Spring Street Digest 18 Feb 1983; National Times 11 Nov 1983
Initial data source: Browne, G, 'Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament 1900-84', 1985
Last update: September 2001 (last date the record was checked and updated)

*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.