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James Newbury

Member for Brighton

About James

Shadow Assistant Minister for Scrutiny of Government
Shadow Assistant Minister for Wastewatch
Shadow Assistant Minister for Freedom of Information
Member for Brighton

James was born in Melbourne and grew up in East Malvern. Growing up, James was very close to his paternal grandmother and he spent a lot of time with her at the family property on Phillip Island. His grandfather, Dr Charles Renton Newbury, was President of the World Dental Federation and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

During high school, James did bookwork for his father’s dental practice, where he learnt about the burden of over regulation and the challenges of running a small business.

James has completed three university degrees, including a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in Business Law. James met his wife, Suzanne, at Monash University.

After completing a Master of Business (Law), James began working for the Howard Federal Government. When James and Suzanne married, they moved to Canberra to work at the highest levels of Federal Government. During his time working in Canberra, James had responsibility for advising many Senior Ministers and Party leaders.

After the election of the Abbott Government, James and Suzanne moved back to Brighton and started their own family, they now have two young daughters.

James worked as Senior Adviser to then Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, before moving into the private sector. James worked as a Group Company Secretary for Australian Retail Credit Association, the peak body for organisations involved in credit reporting.

In 2016, the long-serving Member for Brighton, Louise Asher, announced her intention to retire. At that time, James decided to put his hand up to represent his community and be a strong voice for them in Parliament.

As the voice for Brighton, James is committed to protecting his community’s unique character.

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