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Robert was elected as the Federal Member for Barton in March 1996 and has been the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs since December 2006. Prior to this he held the Shadow Ministerial portfolios of Attorney General, Workplace Relations, Homeland Security and, most recently, Defence. Robert has a Bachelor of Law (BA LLB) from the University of NSW and a Master of Law (MLB) from the University of Sydney.
He has been a strong supporter of the Australia-US alliance and believes we could add much greater value to the alliance in the South East Asian region. He sees future regional security as increasingly involving the interaction between the military, law enforcement agencies as well as relevant government and non-government agencies. The need for Australia to re-engage in the UN system and respect the international rule of law is also central to Robert’s foreign policy priorities.
Robert is a strong advocate of a future Australian Republic and has encouraged all levels of government to match recent national security measures with a renewed vigour for inclusive community building.
Before entering Federal Parliament he was a partner in the Sydney law firm Turner Freeman where he specialised in labour and sporting law. A keen surfer and rugby enthusiast, Robert is married to Michelle and they have three daughters and a son.