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WATT, Murray PatrickBiography for WATT, Murray Patrick

Senator for Queensland

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to Queensland Legislative Assembly for Everton from 21.3.2009. Defeated 23.3.2012.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for Queensland 2016 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.2016).

Ministerial Appointments

State: Parliamentary Secretary for Health (Qld) from 9.4.09 to 3.3.11.

Parliamentary Secretary for Treasurer and Minister for State Development (Qld) from 3.3.11 to 23.3.12.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Community Affairs Legislation from 1.9.16; Community Affairs References from 1.9.16; Legal and Constitutional Affairs References from 1.9.16; Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation from 1.9.16; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.16; Substitute member, Finance and Public Administration References from 15.09.16 to 2.12.16.

Senate Select: National Integrity Commission from 9.2.17; Red Tape from 30.3.17; Future of Work and Workers from 19.10.17.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 12.9.16.

Joint Standing: Trade and Investment Growth from 11.10.16 (Deputy Chair from 13.10.16 to 8.2.18).

Party Positions

Member, ALP, 1990-.

President, Queensland Young Labor, 1998.

ALP State Conference Delegate (Qld), 2003-09; 2013-16.

Member, ALP Administrative Committee (Qld), 2008-10.

National Conference Delegate, 2011; 2015.

President, Everton SEC, 2012-15.

Member, Policy Coordination Council, 2012-16.

Member, Mitchelton Branch.


Born 20.1.1973, Brisbane, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

B. Comm., LLB, (UQ).

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.