Roger Price (Australian politician)

Leo Roger Spurway Price (born 26 November 1945) is a former Australian politician. He was elected as a member of the Australian House of Representatives at the 1984 election, representing the Division of Chifley in western Sydney, New South Wales, for the Australian Labor Party until his retirement before the 2010 election.[1]

Roger Price
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chifley
In office
1 December 1984  19 July 2010
Preceded byRuss Gorman
Succeeded byEd Husic
Personal details
Born (1945-11-26) 26 November 1945
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationAccount manager

Born in Sydney, Price was educated at the New South Wales Institute of Technology. He was an account manager with Telecom Australia before entering politics. He was an alderman on Blacktown City Council from 1981 until 1987 and served as deputy mayor in 1984-1985.

At the time of his retirement, Price was the longest-serving Labor member in the parliament (House or Senate).

Price served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 4 June 1991 until 27 December 1991, when Paul Keating became Prime Minister. He then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence until the March 1993 federal election. He was Opposition Chief Whip from 2004 until 29 November 2007, when he became the Chief Government Whip. Additionally, he has been a member of numerous Standing Committees and overseas parliamentary delegations.

Committees include: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 26 May 1993 to 31 August 2004 (Chair from 7 June 1995 to 29 January 1996); Certain Family Law Issues from 26 May 1993 (Chair from 26 May 1993) to 28 November 1995; Family and Community Affairs from 19 August 2003 to 31 August 2004; Migration from 10 May 2005 to 6 September 2005.

On 20 March 2010, Roger Price announced his intention to retire from politics at the 2010 federal elections.[2] After his retirement, he served as the Australian Consul-General to Chicago.[3]


  1. Price gets not to run again, Mt Druitt - St Marys Standard, 16 May 2007
  2. Coorey, Phillip (20 March 2010). "Labor's Price to resign at next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010.
  3. Emerson, Craig (13 September 2011). "Diplomatic Appointment — Consul-General in Chicago" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Russ Gorman
Member for Chifley
Succeeded by
Ed Husic
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Elizabeth Schick
Australian Consul-General in Chicago
Succeeded by
Michael Wood
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