About Richard

Richard Marles is currently the Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party, 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

Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party

Being elected Deputy Leader of the great Australian Labor Party is a tremendous honour and I am grateful to my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to hold such a valued role within our party.

I intend to work hard, be respectful and engage collaboratively with all my colleagues across our nation to present a unified and progressive alternative government for the Australian people.

Our future offers us the opportunity to build on this proud Labor legacy of improving Australia, we have tremendous talent across our caucus, we have passionate supporters who want us to form government, and we have unity. Now we start work on building the best possible case for people to choose an Albanese Labor Government at the next election.

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 773 square kilometres from the western shores of Port Phillip Bay, stretching to the north of Geelong and inland.

Geelong 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.

If you would like to find out more about the electoral division of Corio, please visit the AEC website.