Joel Fitzgibbon
Place of Birth: Bellingen, New South Wales
Date of Birth: January 16, 1962
Age: 57 Years Old
Astrology: Capricorn
Residence: Hunter, New South Wales
Current Partner: Dianne Fitzgibbon
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Blue
Specialisation: Politics
Fan Sites: www.alp.org.au/people/fitzgibbon_joel.php,
www.joelfitzgibbon.com
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Joel Fitzgibbon was born on 16 January 1962, in Bellingen, Australia. His father was MP for Hunter during 1984-1996, and Joel has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, where he has represented the Division of Hunter, like his father.

Prior to becoming a politician, Joel Fitzgibbon worked first as an automotive electrician, then as an electorate office, and also as a small business operator and part-time as a lecturer in technical education. In 1987, Joel Fitzgibbon became a member of Cessnock City Council, and remained a member until 1995.

In 1998, Joel Fitzgibbon was appointed as the Opposition Shadow Minister, later taking on the portfolio of Shadow Minister for Mining, Energy and Forestry in 2003, a role which he held until 2005. In June 2005, Joel Fitzgibbon was elected Shadow Assistant Treasurer, as well as Shadow Minister for Revenue and for Small Business and Competition.

It was not until Kevin Rudd was elected as Opposition Leader is December 2006, that Joel Fitzgibbon became the Shadow Minister for Defence. Then, after the Australian Labor Party won the federal election in 2007, Joel was appointed as the Defence Minister in the Australian Labor Party’s cabinet.

Since taking on the role of Defence Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon has been involved in a few controversial issues.

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