I am proud to have been representing Preston as a Member of Parliament since 2006.
Following Labor’s victory at the 2014 State election, it was an honour to be sworn in as Minister for Finance and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in the Andrews Labor Government, portfolios I am particularly passionate about.
I was born and raised in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in 1973, the son of Don and Amanda. I was greatly influenced by my parents’ commitment to public service. With family members from China, Japan and the West Indies, I also grew up with a strong belief in equality of opportunity, regardless of cultural background.
These are the values that have inspired me to become involved in politics.
I recieved a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics from LaTrobe University. In 1996 I became an electorate officer for the Australian Labor Party.
I have previously served as the Shadow Minister for Finance, Shadow Minister for WorkCover and as the Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs. I also served as the Treasurer for the Darebin Community Health Service.
I am happily married to my wife Shaojie and live in Reservoir. Outside of politics, my interests are history , sport (especially cricket), films and watching Games of Thrones.