Speaker Bios

Hon Mark Butler

MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy

Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment. 

In 2013, Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award (ADI) for Extraordinary Contribution to Tackling Dementia. 

He was elected as National President of the Australian Labor Party in 2015.

Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.