Jason Clare

Jason Dean Clare (born 22 March 1972)[2] is an Australian politician serving as Minister for Education since 1 June 2022. He is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has represented the Division of Blaxland in Western Sydney since 2007.

Jason Clare
Minister for Education
Assumed office
1 June 2022
Prime MinisterAnthony Albanese
Preceded byAlan Tudge
Minister for Home Affairs
In office
14 December 2011  18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byMichael Keenan
Minister for Justice
In office
14 December 2011  18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byPeter Dutton
Minister for Defence Materiel
In office
1 March 2012  4 February 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byKim Carr
Succeeded byMike Kelly
In office
14 September 2010  14 December 2011
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byGreg Combet
Succeeded byKim Carr
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded byMichael Hatton
Personal details
Born (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972
Sydney, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Louise Tran
(m. 2012)
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales

Clare has been a member of the shadow cabinet from 2013-2022, under opposition leaders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. He was a government minister under Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd from 2010 to 2013, serving as Minister for Defence Materiel (2010–2011, 2012–2013), Home Affairs (2011–2013), Justice (2011–2013), and Cabinet Secretary (2013).

He returned to the ministry as Minister for Education after the ALP's victory in the 2022 Australian federal election.[3]

Early life and education

Clare was born and raised in Western Sydney and attended Cabramatta Public School and Canley Vale High School. He was the dux of Canley Vale High School in 1989. When he left school he joined the Labor Party and was the secretary of the Cabramatta Branch for 10 years (1992 to 2002). He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He was a senior adviser to former NSW Premier Bob Carr and an executive at Transurban, one of Australia's Top 100 companies.[4][5]

Political career


Clare ran for Labor preselection in the division of Blaxland in 2007, challenging the incumbent 11-year Labor MP Michael Hatton. Clare won preselection in May 2007, defeating Hatton.[4][6][7] He also competed for preselection against George Williams, who had been "anointed by the ALP executive", had the "blessing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam" and whose chances had been "talked up" by ABC news reports.[8] Clare retained Blaxland at the 2007 federal election, which saw Labor win government.[9]

Clare has been touted as a future ALP leader, but he has denied any interest in becoming leader, only wishing to reach the role of Minister for Education.[10][11] He reached this aim on 1 June 2022.[11]

Rudd-Gillard Governments (2007–2013)

Clare was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Employment in June 2009. Following the intra-party power struggle that saw Julia Gillard become Prime Minister, Clare was promoted into the Ministry and appointed Minister for Defence Materiel in September 2010. He retained Blaxland with a clear majority at the 2010 election.[2]

On 12 December 2011, Clare was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice[12] and in the March 2012 reshuffle he again picked up the portfolio of Defence Materiel.[13]

On 4 February 2013, Clare replaced Mark Dreyfus as Cabinet Secretary, at the same time relinquishing the defence material portfolio. He retained the home affairs and justice portfolios through to the government's defeat at the 2013 federal election. However, on 1 July, following a leadership spill that saw Kevin Rudd return as prime minister, he was replaced as Cabinet Secretary by Alan Griffin. Clare was a member of Cabinet from 25 March to 1 July 2013.[2]

Opposition (2013–2022)

Clare was a senior member of the shadow cabinet after Labor's defeat in 2013, under opposition leaders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. He served as Shadow Minister for Communications (2013–2016), Resources and Northern Australia (2016–2019), Trade and Investment (2016–2019), Regional Services, Territories and Local Government (2019–2022), and Housing and Homelessness (2019–2022).[2]

Albanese Government (2022–present)

Clare became Minister for Education on 1 June 2022 in the new Albanese Cabinet.[3] In January 2023, Clare commented on the ongoing case regarding Kanye West's visa application. Clare stated that he believed that West, who is commonly referred to as Ye, should have his visa denied for his praise of Adolf Hitler and his history of anti-semitic comments.[14]

Political views

Following the 2013 election, Clare blamed the leadership tensions between Gillard and Rudd for the party's defeat, and stated it was time for "generational change" in the party's leadership.[15]

Clare is a member of the Labor Right faction,[16] and after Labor's defeat at the 2019 election initially supported Chris Bowen to replace Shorten as leader. However, Bowen later withdrew from the race, allowing Albanese (a member of the Left faction) to win election unopposed.[17]

Clare supports same-sex marriage.[18] Notably, his electorate had the highest percentage of "No" responses in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of 2017, with 73.9% of the electorate's respondents to the survey saying "No".[19]

See also


  1. Jones, Gemma (27 October 2012). "Asylum minister Jason Clare to wed migrant's daughter Louise Tran". The Australian. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. "The Hon Jason Clare MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  3. Visentin, Lisa (3 June 2022). "'Not interested in picking fights': New education minister says curriculum wars have been settled". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. "Hatton dumped for former Carr adviser". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  5. "About Jason Clare, Member For Blaxland – Jason Clare". www.jasonclare.com.au. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. "Combet confirmed as federal Labor candidate". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  7. Walsh, Kerry-Anne (6 May 2007). "ALP's new faces have a strangely familiar look". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  8. Lane, Bernard (15 August 2007). "Former contender becomes adviser". Higher Education. The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  9. "Blaxland". Divisional profile. Australian Electoral Commission. 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  10. "Education not leadership for me: Jason Clare". Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  11. Huitson, Joseph (1 June 2022). "Minister's interview is interrupted by son". skynews.
  12. "Changes to the Ministry MON 12 DECEMBER 2011". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011. retrieved 18 March 2012
  13. "Changes to the Ministry FRI 02 MARCH 2012". Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012. retrieved 18 March 2012
  14. Abbott, Lachlan (25 January 2023). "Federal minister casts doubt on Kanye West being allowed into Australia". The Age. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  15. "Jason Clare: Labor leadership 'dance of death' to blame for election loss". The Guardian Australia. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  16. "Labor's new-look shadow ministry". SBS News. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  17. "Albo picks up the pieces". The Weekend Australian. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  18. "MPS may ignore electorates with lowest support for same-sex marriage". ABC News. 13 September 2017.
  19. "Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017 Response Final". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 15 November 2017.
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