John was born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. His father, also John, a public servant with what was then Department of Administrative Services, and mother Patricia raised a family of 4 children.
After attending school at CBC St Kilda and St Joseph’s in South Melbourne, John commenced employment at the Victorian Railways Newport workshops where he completed his apprenticeship and went on to work in the mobile welding unit and civil construction department for 10 years.
In 1993 he married and moved to Ballarat where he lives with his wife and two children. He set up a forge and engineering workshop at Hepburn in the Victorian Central Highlands where he worked as a self employed blacksmith.
John has been the President of the Victorian branch of the Democratic Labor Party and a Vice President of the DLP Federal Executive.
John commenced his term as a Senator for Victoria on July 1st 2011 and has been active in his role as a Full Senate Standing Committee member for the Scrutiny of New Taxes, mainly examining the Carbon Tax Mechanism and is also a member of the Senate Standing Committee on the Australian Food Processing Sector.
John is a passionate campaigner for regional areas, not only in Victoria but across Australia. He is also an ardent promoter of Australian industry and the importance of the family and local community as the foundation stones of Australian society.
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