Claire Moore

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Claire Moore
Senator Claire Moore
Senator for Queensland
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2002
Personal details
Born (1956-02-19) 19 February 1956 (age 58)
Toowoomba, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Senator

Claire Mary Moore (born 19 February 1956) is an Australian politician who has been Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Carers, Shadow Minister for Communities and Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate since 18 October 2013.

She has been a Senator for Queensland since 2001. Prior to entering Parliament, Moore was the Branch Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union for seven years.

Early years[edit]

Senator Moore was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, to Catholic parents Mick and Mary Moore.

She attended St Saviour's College, prior to studying at both the University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland.

Union career[edit]

Moore worked as a public servant in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Social Security (now Centrelink) between 1980 and 1994.

Moore was elected Branch Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) in 1994: a position she held until her election to the Senate in 2001.

From 1996 to 2001, Moore was Vice-President, Chair of the Women's Committee and Chair of the Arts Committee of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU).

She is also a keen member and supporter of APHEDA: the trade union overseas aid program.

Senate of Australia[edit]

Moore was elected Senator for Queensland [1] at the Federal Election held on 10 November 2001, representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Her first six-year term began on 1 July 2002.

She was re-elected to a second term at the Federal Election held on 24 November 2007; and to a third term (due to commence on 1 July 2014) at the Federal Election held on 7 September 2013.

In the Senate, she has served as Chair or Deputy Chair of the Community Affairs Committee since July 2005,[2] including both Chair of the Community Affairs (Legislation) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Community Affairs (References) Committee.

Moore has also served as a Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; as a Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances; and as the Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development.

Shadow Minister[edit]

The Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (the Caucus) elected a new Shadow Cabinet on Monday 14 October 2013.

On Friday 18 October 2013, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, announced the allocation of portfolios [3] in which Moore was appointed Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Carers, Shadow Minister for Communities, and Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate.

Interests[edit]

Moore has been involved in many community organisations, including Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR), the Australian Republican Movement (ARM), Friends of the ABC, EMILY's List, and the Australian Workers' Heritage Centre, the last two of which she was a founding member.

According to her ALP profile page,[4] Moore's personal interests are women's history (particularly trade unions and the ALP), cricket, Australian and Irish folk music, detective fiction, Paul Keating, and art galleries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senator Claire Moore's official website, http://clairemoore.net/
  2. ^ Parliament of Australia website: Senator Claire Moore, biography http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=00AOQ
  3. ^ Shadow Cabinet, http://www.alp.org.au/shadowministry
  4. ^ ALP - Claire Moore - http://www.alp.org.au/claire_moore

External links[edit]

  • APHEDA [1]
  • Australian Labor Party (ALP) [2]
  • Australian Republican Movement [3]
  • Australian Workers' Heritage Centre [4]
  • Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR) [5]
  • Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) [6]
  • EMILY's List Australia [7]
  • Friends of the ABC [8]
  • Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PGPD) [9]
  • Queensland Council of Unions [10]
  • St Saviour's College, Toowoomba [11]
  • University of Queensland [12]
  • University of Southern Queensland [13]