Senator Murray Watt

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Senator for Queensland

Positions
Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
Senate

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Suite G04 Kay House
35 Scarborough Street
Southport, QLD, 4215

Postal address

PO Box 310
Southport Business Centre, QLD, 4215

Telephone:
(07) 5531 1033

Parliament Office

PO Box 6100
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 3046
Fax:
(02) 6277 5716

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • State: Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Everton, 2009. Defeated at general elections 2012.
  • Federal: Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2016.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Community Affairs: References from 1.9.2016; Community Affairs: Legislation from 1.9.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References from 1.9.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation from 1.9.2016; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References from 15.9.2016 to 2.12.2016 (Substitute member from 15.9.2016 to 2.12.2016).
  • Senate Select: National Integrity Commission from 9.2.2017; Red Tape from 30.3.2017; Future of Work and Workers from 19.10.2017.
  • Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 12.9.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Trade and Investment Growth from 11.10.2016 (Deputy Chair from 13.10.2016 to 8.2.2018).
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Northern Australia from 2.6.2019.
  • Shadow Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management from 2.6.2019.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Mitchelton Branch.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1990.
  • President of Young Labor State Branch (Qld.), 1998.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Qld.) from 2003 to 2009.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (Qld.) from 2008 to 2010.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference, 2011.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party Everton State Electorate Council from 2012 to 2015.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Policy Coordination Council from 2012 to 2016.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference (Qld.) from 2013 to 2016.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party National Conference, 2015.
Personal
  • Born 20.1.1973, Brisbane, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BCom (University of Queensland)
  • LLB (University of Queensland)
  • Articled Clerk, Blake Dawson Waldron Solicitors, 1997-99
  • Associate to the Hon. Justice Peter Gray, Federal Court of Australia, 1999-2000
  • Solicitor, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers; and Reidy and Tonkin, 2000-02
  • Chief of Staff, Premier Anna Bligh (Qld), 2002-07
  • Director, Policy Development, Department of State Development (Qld), 2007-08
  • Executive Director, Policy Development, Department of Premier and Cabinet (Qld), 2008-09
  • Member for Everton, Queensland Parliament, 2009-12
  • Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, 2012-16
Local government service
  • Elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Everton, 2009. Defeated at general elections 2012.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health from 9.4.2009 to 3.3.2011.
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Treasurer and Minister for State Development from 3.3.2011 to 23.3.2012.