Jonathan Chancellor | 3 February 2013

Mark Butler the new Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Mark Butler has been appointed the Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness replacing Brendan O'Connor.

Mark Butler will keep his existing portfolio including the ministry for Mental Health and Ageing.

It was March 2012 when Brendan O'Connor was sworn in as Minister for Small Business, Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness. Brendan O'Connor took over the portfolio from Robert McClelland who'd held the post since December 2011. Jenny Macklin held the post in the second Gilliard Ministry from September 2010.

The first housing minister in the Rudd-Gilliard governments was Tanya Plibersek who in December 2008 released the Government’s White Paper on Homelessness, The Road Home, which has a goal of halving homelessness by 2020.

The housing ministry didn't exist under the Howard Government with the prior housing minister being Brian Howe from 1991 to 1996.

Mark Butler was elected to Federal Parliament in 2007 representing the electorate of Port Adelaide.

Before entering Parliament, he worked for 15 years in the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (now United Voice) - including 11 years as state secretary.

In 1997, he was elected president of the ALP in South Australia, and has been a member of the ALP national executive since 2000.

Mark, who lives in Woodville Park with his wife and two children, and is a keen supporter of AFL team, Port Power, was appointed a parliamentary secretary in 2009.

In December 2011, Mark was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform.

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