Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor, University Melbourne, Australia. Master of Arts, University Melbourne, Australia, 1981.
Articled clerk, employee solicitor Holding and Redlich, 1982—1985. Electorate assistant Senator Barney Cooney, 1985—1987. Assistant secretary Federated Clerks Union, Victorian Branch, 1987—1988, state secretary, 1988—1993.
Member of Parliament, Melbourne Australia House of Representatives, since 1993, shadow minister, 1996—2007. Minister finance and deregulation Australian Government, 2007—2010. Member conservation and environmental policy committee Australian Labor Party, 1978—1984, president North Carlton branch, 1981—1992, delegate, proxy delegate national conventions, 1982—2004, delegate, Victorian state conference, 1982—1993, member, president economic committee, 1982—1987, member Victorian administrative committee, 1983—1987, member Victorian branch public office selection committee, 1990—1992.
Deputy chair, caucus economic and industrial relations committee Australian House of Representatives, 1993—1996, member various committees and caucuses, since 1993.
Designer and distributor City Alternative News, 1980—1981. Volunteer We. Suburbs Legal Services, 1980—1981. Volunteer, coordinator Collingwood Legal Service, 1983—1984.
Member Australian Conservation Foundation, 1992. Board directors Broadside Weekly, 1992. Member Victorian Trades Hall Council Choir, 1990—1992.
Football player Brunswick Amateurs, 1975, 1977, University Blacks, 1979—1980. Cricket player Burnley CYMS, 1979—1981, 1986—1987.
Married Andrea Tanner. 4 children.