The Hon Marlene Kairouz, MP
Minister for Suburban Development, State Government of Victoria, Australia
Minister Marlene Kairouz entered the Victorian Parliament in a by-election in the seat of Kororoit in 2008, and has continued to represent the people of Kororoit ever since. Before entering state politics, Marlene studied Medical Laboratory science at RMIT and worked as a histologist; and later at the Australian Workers’ Union and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association. Marlene also has a distinguished record of service within the Labor Party. She was junior Vice-President, state and national party conference delegate and served on various policy committees. Marlene was elected a Councillor in the City of Darebin in 1998 and twice served as Mayor during her 10 years on the Council. Since elected in 2008, Marlene has held various positions in Parliament including Opposition Whip from 2010 – 2014 and from December 2014 until June 2016, Marlene held the role of Cabinet Secretary in the Victorian Government, until she was sworn in as Minister for Consumer Affairs and Gaming and Liquor Regulation. In September 2017, Marlene was sworn in as Minister for Local Government In November 2018, after a triumphant Labor Election win, Marlene was again, sworn in as Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and now holds a new position as Minister for Suburban Development. Minister Kairouz has responsibility for three portfolios and has overseen major reforms.