National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Hon. Philip Ruddock
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs


Personal Background

Philip Ruddock was first elected to the House of Representatives as Member for Parramatta at a by-election on 22 September 1973. He was re-elected in 1974 and 1975.

Following the 1977 electoral redistribution, Mr Ruddock was elected for the newly-created seat of Dundas NSW in 1977, and again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990.

In 1992, it was decided that Dundas would be abolished as a result of changes to electoral boundaries. Mr Ruddock succeeded the retiring Member for Berowra, Dr Harry Edwards, on 13 March 1993 and was re-elected in March 1996, and appointed Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in the first Howard Ministry.


Following the October 1998 election, Mr Ruddock was appointed the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation, in the second Howard Ministry.

Mr Ruddock graduated from Sydney University (BA LLB) and practised as a solicitor before entering Parliament. He is married to Heather and has two daughters, Kirsty and Caitlin.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 11.3.96.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.83 to 9.9.85 and from 12.5.89 to 11.3.96.
Member, Shadow Cabinet from 7.4 93 to 11.3.96
Shadow Minister for Social Security from 7.4.93 to 11.3.96
Senior Citizens from 31.1.95 to 11.3.96.
Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 14.12.84 to 9.9.85 and from 12.5.89 to 7.4.93
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Ethnic Affairs from 11.4.90 to 7.4.93
Shadow Minister for the Australian Capital Territory and Shadow Minister Assisting the Opposition Leader on Public Service Matters from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Council of the Australian National University from 24.3.76 to 11.3.96
Past President and past Secretary of the Parliamentary Amnesty Group
Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 28.2.78 to 21.4.83
Australian Council for Union Training from 26.2.81 to 4.2.83.

Information courtesy of DIMA website

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Plenary Speakers