Senator Mark Furner

Mark Furner

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Senator for Queensland

Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

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Biography

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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Defeated at general elections 2013 (term ended 30.6.2014).

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.11 to 30.6.14.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Publications from 30.9.10 to 30.6.14; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.7.11 to 11.11.13.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Community Affairs from 28.8.08 to 14.5.09; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 11.11.13; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References Committees from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13.
  • Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09; Reform of the Australian Federation from 13.5.10 to 30.6.11.
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement from 1.7.11 to 30.6.14; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 4.12.13 to 30.6.14.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 16.3.09 to 30.6.14.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September-October 2008.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Timor-Leste, August 2009.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to United Arab Emirates, May 2011.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, Spain, Germany and USA, April-May 2012.

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Party positions

  • Delegate, Pine Rivers Municipal Electoral Council 1996-98, 2000 and 2006.
  • Secretary, ALP Bray Park Branch 1997-98.
  • Delegate, ALP State Conference 1997-2008.
  • Delegate, State Electoral Council 1999 and 2007.
  • Vice-President, ALP Pine Rivers Central Branch 2005-07.
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee from 2005.
  • Member, Electoral College from 2005.
  • Delegate, Dickson Federal Electoral Council 2006-08.
  • Delegate, ALP National Conference 2007.
  • Member, ALP Campaign Committee.

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Personal

  • Born 11.4.1958, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Assoc Dip of Business (Industrial Relations) (QUT/TAFE).
  • Organiser, Transport Workers' Union (Qld) 1989-92.
  • Industrial Officer, Queensland Police Union 1992-96.
  • Organiser, Senior Organiser, Branch Secretary and General Vice-President, National Union of Workers (Qld) 1996-2008.

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