Andrew Giles was elected to the Australian Parliament as Member for Scullin on 7 September 2013. He holds the seat for the Australian Labor Party with a two-party preferred margin of 21.67%.
Andrew is the Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship.
He previously served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools from 2016 to May 2019.
In the last Parliament Andrew served on a number of parliamentary committees: Electoral Matters; Privileges; and Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.
He is co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Amnesty International, Parliamentary Friends of Primary Education and Parliamentary Friends of Better Cities.
Within the Parliamentary Labor Party, Andrew is a member of the Education, Research, Science and the Arts Committee, and a member of the Economics Committee.
Andrew’s policy interests include cities, education, the future of work, climate change, immigration and social policy. He has contributed to public debate, as well as policy formulation within the ALP on these issues and on improving the health of our democracy.
Prior to his election, Andrew was a principal lawyer at Slater & Gordon, practising in employment law. He also worked as lawyer at the firm Holding Redlich, where he acted on behalf of the asylum seekers on the MV Tampa, and in a number of political roles for the Victorian Government. He has been a member of the ALP since he was 18.
Andrew is married to Dr Jillian Constable, and they have two children – Daniel and Alice.