The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP was first elected to the House of Representatives in March of 1996.
During his 21 years as the Member for Hunter Mr Fitzgibbon has held a number of shadow ministerial positions including Mining, Energy & Forestry, Defence, Assistant Treasurer, Banking and Financial Services, Small Business and Competition, and Tourism.
In Government, Mr Fitzgibbon served as Minister for Defence and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
He also served as Chief Government Whip and chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
Mr Fitzgibbon is currently the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia and says his main passion is raising his portfolio’s profile in the parliamentary and public debate and ensuring Australia has a sound strategic plan to fully capitalise on growing global demand for our high quality food and fibre products.
Mr Fitzgibbon is also the founder of, and spokesperson for the Country Caucus, a group of Federal Labor MPs and Senators dedicated to promoting the interests of rural and regional Australia.
He is driven to champion issues of importance to the Hunter and regional communities as well as providing a strong voice for country people.
Mr Fitzgibbon lives in Cessnock in the Hunter Valley with his wife Dianne, who was elected a Cessnock City Councillor in 2016. They have three adult children.