Murray Thompson

Murray Hamilton Ross Thompson OAM (born 27 December 1953) is a former member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He was the member for Sandringham in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. He is the son of former Liberal Premier of Victoria Lindsay Thompson.

Murray Thompson

Murray Thompson July 2015.jpg
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Sandringham
In office
3 October 1992 (1992-10-03) – 24 November 2018 (2018-11-24)
Preceded byDavid Lea
Succeeded byBrad Rowswell
Personal details
Murray Hamilton Ross Thompson

(1953-12-27) 27 December 1953 (age 67)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
ParentsLindsay Thompson
Alma materMonash University
Murray Thompson
Personal information
Original team(s) Caulfield Grammar
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 71.5 kg (158 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1973–1976 Richmond 14 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1976.
Career highlights
  • Richmond Reserves Premiership Player 1973
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life and educationEdit

Thompson was educated at Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne where he served as captain of football and member of debating team (1971–72), and was school captain in 1972. He was a member of the Caulfield Grammarians Cricket Club from 1973 to 1980. Thompson earned both a Bachelor of Arts (1979), a Bachelor of Laws (1981) from Monash University where he was Student Representative on the Law Faculty Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Practice (1979) and Law Student Society Committee Member. His postgraduate study earned him a Diploma of Education (1986) from Melbourne University.

Thompson was an Australian rules footballer playing as a midfielder for Richmond in the VFL until three knee operations caused him to retire after fourteen senior games.


Thompson was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1982, and set up his own suburban legal practice, practicing as a solicitor before being elected as Liberal Member for Sandringham in 1992 Victorian state election.

As a member of Parliament, he served on the Liberal frontbench in a range of portfolios in opposition, from December 2002 until being dumped from the front bench in 2008.[1][2] Thompson unsuccessfully contested the Liberal Party leadership against then Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine in the ballot resulting from the resignation of Premier Ted Baillieu.[3]

In 2008, Thompson voted against legalising abortion in Victoria,[4] and in 2015, voted against banning anti-abortion groups from protesting outside abortion clinics.[5]

He retired from parliament at the 2018 Victorian state election.[6]


  1. ^ "Parliament of Victoria – Members Information – Murray Thompson (Sandringham)". 27 December 1953. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lib-Nat team targets water The Age 14 February 2008
  3. ^ "Denis Napthine steps in as Victoria's Premier after Ted Baillieu quits". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Collier, Mary. "How your Vic MLAs voted on".
  6. ^ "Second Bayside MP to call it quits". Herald Sun. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2018.


  • Hogan P: The Tigers of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996

External linksEdit

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
David Lea
Member for Sandringham
Succeeded by
Brad Rowswell