Bernie Ripoll

The Honourable
Bernie Ripoll
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Oxley
In office
10 October 1998  9 May 2016
Preceded by Pauline Hanson
Succeeded by Milton Dick
Personal details
Born (1966-01-06) 6 January 1966
Pézenas, France
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Children 1 son; 2 daughters
Alma mater Queensland University of Technology
Occupation Electrician, union organiser
Website Bernie Ripoll website

Bernard Fernand Ripoll (born 6 January 1966) is a former Australian politician. He was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2016, representing the Division of Oxley, Queensland. In 2013, Ripoll was made Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Shadow Minister for Sport, on 15 September 2015 he resigned from the Shadow Cabinet position.[1]

Early life

Ripoll was born in Pézenas, Hérault, France, and educated at the Queensland University of Technology. He was an aircraft electrician with the Royal Australian Air Force, an electrician and an organiser with the State Public Services Federation of Queensland (now known as the Queensland Public Sector Union) before entering politics.[2]

Political career

At the 1998 federal election, Ripoll sought to regain Oxley for Labor. The seat had been held by Pauline Hanson, who formed One Nation after winning the normally safe Labor seat of Oxley in 1996 as an independent. Prior to the election, Oxley was divided in half, with most of the old Oxley's more rural territory shifted to the new Division of Blair. The reconfigured Oxley had a notional Labor majority of 51 percent. Hanson decided to contest Blair instead of Oxley as she believed this would improve her chances. Former Queensland Premier Wayne Goss had already been preselected as Labor candidate, but a brain tumour forced him to retire from politics, and Ripoll was named in his place.[3]

Ripoll was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure in October 2004.

On 2 March 2012, Ripoll was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer,[4] and appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business from 25 March 2013.[5]

In April 2015 Ripoll announced that he would not contest the next election, clearing the way for Milton Dick to pursue Labor party preselection.[6] Dick was elected at the 2016 federal election.[7]


  1. "Shorten in Labor pre-election reshuffle". Herald Sun. Australian Associated Press. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. "The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP". Parliament of Australia: Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  3. Green, Antony (2010). "2010 election preview: Queensland". Australia: ABC News.
  4. "Changes to the Ministry". Press office (Press release). Prime Minister of Australia. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. "Full list of changes to the Gillard ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. Atfield, Cameron (15 April 2015). "Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll to retire from federal politics". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  7. "Oxley - Australia Votes". Election 2016. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Pauline Hanson
Member for Oxley
Succeeded by
Milton Dick
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