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Hon Tony Burke MP

Hon Tony Burke MP

Member for Watson

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for the Arts
Leader of the House
Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Shop 29, Broadway Plaza
Punchbowl, NSW, 2196

Postal address

PO Box 156
Punchbowl, NSW, 2196

(02) 9750 9088
(02) 9759 2859

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 7320


Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 2003. Resigned 24.6.2004 to contest the House of Representatives division of Watson, New South Wales.
  • Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Watson, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 3.12.2007 to 14.9.2010.
  • Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Population from 14.4.2010 to 28.6.2010.
  • Minister for Sustainable Population from 28.6.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013.
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council from 5.3.2012 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for the Arts from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 1.6.2022.
  • Minister for the Arts from 1.6.2022.
  • Cabinet Minister from 1.6.2022.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation served from 2.12.2004 to 12.9.2005
  • Joint Standing: Migration served from 6.9.2005 to 11.10.2005
Parliamentary party positions
  • Leader of the House from 31.5.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Small Business from 26.10.2004 to 24.6.2005.
  • Shadow Minister for Immigration from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.
  • Shadow Minister for Immigration, Integration and Citizenship from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Shadow Minister for Finance from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.
  • Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 12.11.2013 to 23.5.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Environment and Water from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister for the Arts from 23.7.2016 to 23.5.2022.
  • Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.
  • Born: 4.11.1969, Sydney, Australia
  • Gender: Male
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • LLB (University of Sydney).
  • BA (University of Sydney).
  • Sales and shop assistant from 1982 to 1991.
  • Electorate officer to Senator G Richardson from 1993 to 1994.
  • Electorate officer to Senator M Forshaw from 1994 to 1995.
  • Director at Aticus Pty. Ltd. from 1996 to 1997.
  • Organiser for the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association from 1997 to 2003.
State/Territory Government service
  • Elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council, 2003. Resigned 24.6.2004 to contest the House of Representatives division of Watson, New South Wales.
  • Legislative Council Representative on the Council of the University of Technology, Sydney from 7.5.2003 to 24.6.2004.
  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.5.2003 to 24.6.2004.
  • Name: Watson
  • Location: Watson covers an area from the Main Suburban Railway, Centenary Drive and the Hume Highway in the north to the South Western Motorway, Kingsgrove Road and Canterbury Road in the south. In the east by Old Canterbury Road and Prospect Road and in the west by Fairford Road, Stacey Street, Rookwood Road, Joseph Street and Olympic Dive. The main suburbs include Ashfield, Bankstown (part), Belfield, Belmore, Campsie, Canterbury (part), Chullora, Croydon Park, Enfiled, Greenacre, Kingsgrove, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Punchbowl, Rookwood, Roselands and Strathfield South.
  • Area: 47 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 107,774 (at 14.6.2019)
  • Industries: Light manufacturing and service industries.

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