Alan Griffin is a former Australian politician who served the Parliament of Australia for 23 years. Alan was elected to represent the Bruce electorate in the House of Representatives in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 before retiring at the 2016 election. He previously served as Member for Corinella (1993-1996) before that seat was abolished in an electoral redistribution.
Alan served as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Treasury, Finance and Small Business, Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection and Consumer Health, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shadow Special Minister of State, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel.
Following the election of the Labor government in 2007, Alan served as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (December 2007 to September 2010) and Minister for Defence Personnel (April 2010 to September 2010). Alan declined to serve in the Ministry after the 2010 election, but in July 2013, following the election and re-appointment of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister, he became Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister until the election later that year.
Before entering Parliament, Alan worked as a Councillor in Springvale City Council, as a ministerial adviser to the Victorian State Minister for Community Services, and as an adviser to the Hon. Simon Crean MP. He has also worked for several unions, and for the Victorian public service in the Departments of Health and Industrial Relations.
Alan grew up in Melbourne and country Victoria. He studied a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University, where he majored in politics and history.