John Brumby

Australian politician; Premier of Victoria

John Mansfield Brumby AO (born 21 April 1953) was the 45th Premier of Victoria. He became Premier on 30 July 2007.[1] He is from the Labor Party. After being defeated in the 2010 elections, Brumby was replaced as Premier by Ted Baillieu on 1 December 2010.[2]

John Mansfield Brumby
John Brumby
45th Premier of Victoria
In office
30 July 2007 – 1 December 2010
Preceded bySteve Bracks
Succeeded byTed Baillieu
Personal details
Born21 April 1953
Melbourne, Victoria
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationTeacher, union official

Early life


Brumby was born in Melbourne and educated at Ivanhoe Grammar School and Melbourne Grammar School.[3] Brumby went to the University of Melbourne in 1971 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree.[3] He then got his Diploma of Education from the State College of Victoria, Rusden, in 1975.[1] He worked at Eaglehawk, Victoria, as a teacher for three years and then became a union official.[3]



Brumby was an elected to the Parliament of Australia in 1983 and represented the electorate of Bendigo.[1] he lost the seat in the 1990 election. He was elected to the upper house, the Legislative Council, of the Parliament of Victoria in 1993.[1] When the leader of the Labor Party, Jim Kennan, resigned from Parliament, Brumby was became the new leader. He had to resign from the upper house as leaders have to be members of the lower house, the Legislative Council. He won an election for Jim Kennan's seat of Broadmeadows, Victoria.[3] He was the Leader of the Opposition in Victoria for six years. Julia Gillard, the current Prime Minister of Australia, worked as his Chief of Staff.[4] The Labor Party did not win as many votes in the 1996 election and lost two seats. Over the next few years the party did not think Brumby would be able to lead them to a win in the next election. Brumby was replaced as leader by Steve Bracks in March, 1999. Bracks led the Labor Party and won an election in September 1999. Brumby became the Minister for Finance in the new government, and a year later was made the Treasurer (in charge of all government spending).

Bracks resigned as Premier in July 2007, and the Labor Party elected Brumby as their new leader. This made him the Premier of Victoria. In November 2010 the Labor Party was defeated in the election with a 5.3% swing of votes to the Liberal and National Parties.[5] Brumby resigned as the leader of the Labor Party.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Biography - Premier of Victoria". Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. "New Victorian ministry sworn in". Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Parliament of Victoria - Members Information - John Brumby (Broadmeadows)". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. "Parliament of Australia: House of Representatives - Members". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  5. "Lateline - 29/11/2010: Ted Baillieu wins Victorian election". Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  6. "Brumby resigns as leader of Victorian Labor". Retrieved 3 December 2010 – via The Australian.