Phil Barresi

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Phil Barresi
Phil Barresi with John Howard
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Deakin
In office
2 March 1996 – 24 November 2007
Preceded byKen Aldred
Succeeded byMike Symon
Personal details
Born (1955-08-08) 8 August 1955 (age 68)
Patti, Sicily
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Alma materAustralian National University
Swinburne University

Phillip Anthony Barresi (pronounced [barɾˈezɪ]; born 8 August 1955) is a former Australian politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, representing the Victorian seat of Deakin for the Liberal Party. Prior to entering politics he was a registered psychologist and worked in human resources and industrial relations.

Early life[edit]

Barresi was born on 8 August 1955 in Patti, Sicily, Italy.[1] He spent his earliest years in the town of Falcone, arriving in Australia in 1960.[2] He holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University and a graduate diploma in applied social psychology from Swinburne Institute of Technology.[1]

Barresi became a registered psychologist.[2] Before entering politics he worked as a training officer with Victorian Railways, as a human resources and industrial relations manager, and as a consultant.[1]


Barresi served as president of the Liberal Party's Boroondara branch from 1992 to 1995. He was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1996 federal election, retaining the Division of Deakin for the Liberals.[1] In his maiden speech he acknowledged that he was the first Italian-born Coalition MP.[2]

Barresi was a member of the speaker's panel from 2004 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2007. He was also chair of the Standing Committee on Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2007.[1] He was a prominent supporter of the Howard government's WorkChoices legislation.[3]

At the 2007 election, Barresi was defeated by Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate Mike Symon. He reprised his candidacy against Symon at the 2010 election but was again defeated.[4]

Later life[edit]

In 2008 he was appointed national employment relations director for the Australian Retailers Association.[5]

In 2019, the Morrison government appointed Barresi to a five-year term on the board of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mr Phillip Barresi MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Maiden speech". Hansard. Australian House of Representatives. 21 May 1996.
  3. ^ "So, why should I vote for you, young fellow?". The Age. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Deakin". ABC Elections. 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Phil Barresi". Australian Retailers Association. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Phillip Barresi, Member". National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Annual Report, 2018-19. Australian Government. Retrieved 23 April 2022.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Deakin
Succeeded by