Tony Burke, Federal Member for Watson, has a background in Small Business and in Industrial Relations. He was a founding director of Aticus Pty Ltd and later worked as a union official for the SDA.
Tony was appointed as Shadow Minister for Small Business on election to the Australian Parliament in 2004. He then became the Shadow Minister for Immigration in June 2005.
In December 2006 Tony’s portfolio was expanded. He was the Shadow Minister for Immigration, Integration and Citizenship until the 2007 election.
Following election of a new Labor Government in November 2007, the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd named Tony as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the Rudd Government’s first cabinet.He then had Population added to his portfolios.
He is now the Environment Minister in the Gillard Government. Before entering Federal Parliament, Tony served as a member of the NSW Legislative Council. During his time there Tony chaired the NSW State Development Committee, conducting inquiries into Ports Infrastructure and into Science and its Commercialisation in NSW.
Tony has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and is a former National President of Australian Young Labor.
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