The Hon Melissa Parke was elected as the federal member for Fremantle on 24 November 2007 at the general election that marked the beginning of the new Labor Government.
Melissa was returned for a second term in August 2010 and in February 2013 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health, Homelessness and Social Housing. In July 2013 Melissa was named Minister for International Development.
Until her elevation to the ministry in 2013, Melissa served on the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Standing Committee for Treaties; Joint Human Rights Committee; and was chair of the Joint Statutory Committee for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.
Melissa has also chaired numerous parliamentary groups, including the UN Parliamentary Group, UNICEF Parliamentary Association and Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Melissa has campaigned on the need for strong action on climate change, increased foreign aid, respect for human rights and animal welfare, a ban on gene patents, and for integrity and accountability in Government.