De Bruyn was born in the Netherlands in 1949 and is married with four children. He lives in Melbourne, Victoria. De Bruyn has come under scrutiny for voicing his conservative views while being secretary of a trade union and holding a position on the National Executive of the centre-left Australian Labor Party. He has repeatedly voiced opposition to abortion, and to legalising same sex marriage.
Political influence in the Australian trade union movement and ALP
As the national head of the SDA, de Bruyn has considerable influence in Australian trade union and political affairs. This is particularly so in the ALP as delegations to the various State and Territory bodies that control party policy and pre-selections for State and Federal Parliaments are decided on a pro-rata basis of union members affiliated to the party.
The SDA is associated with the right-wing, "Labor Unity" or "Centre-Unity" grouping or faction of the trade union movement in Australia and the Australian Labor Party. De Bruyn is a leading figure in the right wing faction of the ACTU and the ALP<ref... Read More