About Greg

The Hon Greg Combet AM MP – Biography

The Hon Greg Combet AM MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement and Member for Charlton, is married to Petra and they have 3 children.Greg grew up in western Sydney and worked as a trades assistant, in coal mining, and in a range of community organizations, before becoming a union official.He has university degrees in mining engineering and economics. He also has a graduate diploma in labor relations and the law.

After working for the Waterside Workers Federation for some years, Greg joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) in 1993 and was a leader of the ACTU from 1999 to 2007.During his time at the ACTU,  Greg oversaw numerous national wage cases to secure pay rises for low-paid Australian workers.

Greg also led the union movement in the high profile 1998 waterfront dispute, the union campaign that secured employee entitlements for 16,000 workers after the collapse of Ansett, and the campaign that secured a multi-billion dollar settlement for Australian asbestos victims from James Hardie.