About Richard

Richard Marles is currently the Shadow Minister for Defence and the Federal Member for Corio.

Richard’s previous appointments include Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister of Trade, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, and Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs.

Born in 1967, Richard was raised and educated in Geelong and went on to study Law and Science, achieving a LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne.

He is a devoted Geelong Cats supporter, golf fanatic and local history enthusiast. He lives in Geelong with his wife Rachel and has four children, Sam, Isabella, Harvey and Georgia.

“…the critical ingredient in all of this is confidence – knowing that we in Geelong can do things as well as anybody else in the world…”
First Speech to Parliament, 18 February 2008

About Defence

It is a great privilege to be recently appointed as the Shadow Minister for Defence.
I look forward to working with Defence, the government and the various related community organisations and institutions in ensuring Australia’s security.

About the Corio Electorate


“From its beginnings as a port servicing the gold rush, to the centre of a wool industry at the time when Australia rode on the back of the sheep, to more recent times with our role in manufacturing. Geelong’s story tells a really significant part of Australia’s story.”

Speech to Parliament, Federation Chamber 29 February 2016

My electorate covers an area of approximately 989 square kilometres from the western shores of Port Phillip Bay, stretching to the north of Geelong and inland, and covering most of the Bellarine Peninsula.

It boasts a north fronting bay, a beautiful raised peninsula, historic buildings, award winning wineries and boutique breweries, all in close proximity to the Surf Coast.

My region has a long history, a unique history, a proud history – one that continues to evolve and change. We are a vibrant, innovative and adaptive city that is taking its next step in its history, and I am proud to be Geelong’s voice in Canberra, working hard to ensure we have a positive future for the generations to come.