BURKE, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) StephenBiography for BURKE, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) Stephen

Member for Watson (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council 22.3.03. Resigned 24.6.04.

Federal: elected to the House of Representatives for Watson, New South Wales, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Parliamentary Appointments

State: Legislative Council (NSW) Representative on the Council of the University of Technology, Sydney from 7.5.03 to 24.6.04.

Parliamentary Positions

State: Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.5.03 to 24.6.04.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 3.12.07 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Population from 14.4.10 to 28.6.10.

Minister for Sustainable Population from 28.6.10 to 14.9.10.

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities from 14.9.10 to 1.7.13.

Vice-President of the Executive Council from 5.3.12 to 18.9.13.

Minister for the Arts from 25.3.13 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

State: Standing: Law and Justice from 21.5.03 to 24.6.04; State Development (Chair) from 21.5.03 to 24.6.04.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Workforce Participation from 2.12.04 to 12.9.05.

Joint Standing: Migration from 6.9.05 to 11.10.05.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Small Business from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05.

Shadow Minister for Immigration from 24.6.05 to 10.12.06.

Shadow Minister for Immigration, Integration and Citizenship from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Shadow Minister for Finance from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives from 12.11.13.

Shadow Minister for Environment and Water from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for the Arts from 23.07.16.


Born 4.11.1969, Sydney, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, LLB (Syd).

Sales and shop assistant 1982-91.

Electorate officer to Senator GF Richardson 1993-94.

Electorate officer to Senator MG Forshaw 1994-95.

Director, Aticus Pty Ltd 1996-97.

Union organiser, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association 1997-2003.

Member, Legislative Council (NSW) 2003-04 (see Parliamentary service above).


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: inner South Sydney; it includes the suburbs of 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: 105 422 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: light manufacturing and service industries.

State electorates: Watson includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Bankstown, Canterbury, Lakemba and Strathfield.

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