Anna Burke

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Anna Burke
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28th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
In office
9 October 2012 – 12 November 2013
Deputy Bruce Scott
Preceded by Peter Slipper
Succeeded by Bronwyn Bishop
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office
24 November 2011 – 9 October 2012
Preceded by Peter Slipper
Succeeded by Bruce Scott
In office
12 February 2008 – 28 September 2010
Preceded by Harry Jenkins
Succeeded by Peter Slipper
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chisholm
Assumed office
October 1998
Preceded by Michael Wooldridge
Personal details
Born (1966-01-01) 1 January 1966 (age 49)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Monash University
Occupation Union industrial officer

Anna Elizabeth Burke MP (born 1 January 1966), is an Australian politician, and a former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. She has been a member of the Australian Labor Party and a member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of Chisholm, Victoria.


Anna Burke was born in Melbourne, and was educated at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Before entering politics, Burke worked as a trade union official. In this capacity, she worked in the Victorian roads department 1988–93 and the Victorian Institute of Technology 1993–94. In 1994, she joined the Finance Sector Union as their National Industrial Officer.

After Labor's win at the 2007 federal election, Burke was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

She successfully defended her seat in the 2010 federal election.

On 24 November 2011, she was nominated by the Opposition for the position of Speaker of the House, which she declined. However, she accepted the Government's nomination for the position of Deputy Speaker on the same day, and was elected to that position following a ballot.

On 22 April 2012 the Speaker, Peter Slipper, announced he was standing aside, meaning he would remain Speaker but would not attend sessions of the House, until fraud allegations made against him with respect to travel expenses were resolved.[1] The Opposition called for Slipper to stay away from the chamber until sexual harassment charges were resolved as well.[2] As Deputy Speaker, Burke was deprived of her deliberative vote, being able only to vote in the case of a tie. On 9 October 2012, Peter Slipper resigned as Speaker of the House.[3] Later that evening, Burke was nominated and elected the new Speaker of the House of Representatives unopposed.


  1. ^ "Slipper stands aside amid harassment claims". ABC News. 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Roxon Warns against 'lynch mob' over Slipper claims". ABC News. 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Slipper resigns as Speaker". ABC News. 9 October 2012. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Wooldridge
Member for Chisholm
Preceded by
Peter Slipper
Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Bronwyn Bishop