Ed Husic

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The Honourable
Ed Husic
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chifley
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Roger Price
Personal details
Born Edham Nurredin Hušić
(1970-02-03) 3 February 1970 (age 44)
Sydney
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Western Sydney
Profession Trade unionist, politician
Religion Islam

Ed Husic (born 3 February 1970), Australian federal politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, elected to represent the seat of Chifley in western Sydney for the Australian Labor Party at the 2010 federal election. Both his parents emigrated from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1960s.

Early life and education[edit]

Husic comes from a Bosniak family and often describes himself as a Muslim who does not involve himself with the activities which are part of the faith.[1] His family background has gained media attention at various times, most notably when he stood as a candidate for Greenway at the 2004 federal election. He is the first Muslim to be elected to federal parliament.[2]

Husic was raised in Western Sydney and was educated at Blacktown South Public School, Mitchell High School and the University of Western Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications.[1][3]

Early career and union involvement[edit]

In the 1990s, Husic worked as a research officer for the member for Chifley, Roger Price.[4] Husic was first elected as a branch organiser in 1997. In 1998, he was elected as vice-president of the Communications Division of the AWU. From 1999 to 2003, he worked for Integral Energy as a communications manager.[5] In July 2006, he became the secretary of the Communications Division of the CEPU.[6] He was the national president of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia (CEPU) and the divisional secretary of the AWU (Communications Division) prior to being elected to federal parliament.[7]

Political career[edit]

Husic unsuccessfully contested the federal seat of Greenway at the 2004 federal election,[6] representing the Labor Party. Husic lost to Liberal candidate Louise Markus. Following the decision by Roger Price not to run for re-election, Husic contested and won the safe Labor seat of Chifley in 2010.[1][3][8]

When Kevin Rudd announced the Second Rudd Ministry in 2013, Husic became the first Muslim sworn on to the Australian federal government frontbench, taking his oath on the Quran.[9][10]

Husic was the primary advocate for an parliamentary investigation into the Australia Tax, a term used to describe the significant price difference for certain IT products compared to overseas markets.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Green, Antony. "Chifley". The Green Guide – 2010 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Lauren (28 September 2010). "New MP is first in Australia to be sworn in with Koran". The Australian. 
  3. ^ a b "Division of Chifley – First Preferences and Two Candidate Preferred". 2010 Australian federal election. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Black, Sophie, ed. (2010). "Chifley". Crikey's 2010 Federal election form guide. Private Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Sheehan, Paul (27 September 2004). "Candidate's silence could speak volumes". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Senate Journal No. 145 – 12 June 2007". Hansard. Australian government. 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Our National Officials". Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union. Retrieved 8 August 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Coorey, Phillip (20 March 2010). "Labor's Price to resign at next election". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ed Husic becomes first Muslim frontbencher". The Australian. 1 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Rachel Olding (2 July 2013). "'Shame, shame, shame': Australia's first Muslim frontbencher abused for taking oath on Koran". The Age (Melbourne). 
  11. ^ Paul Smith (29 July 2014). "Online piracy fuelled by 'Australia Tax' price gouging". Australian Financial Review (Fairfax Media Publications). Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Roger Price
Member for Chifley
2010–present
Incumbent