Graham Perrett

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Graham Perrett
MP
Graham Perrett MP.jpg
Graham Perrett with members of the Lock the Gate Alliance
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Moreton
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded by Gary Hardgrave
Personal details
Born (1966-01-05) 5 January 1966 (age 48)
St George, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater Queensland University of Technology
Occupation Solicitor
Religion Roman Catholic

Graham Douglas Perrett (born 5 January 1966) is an Australian Labor politician, and a member of the Australian House of Representatives in the seat of Moreton. Perrett has a diploma of teaching, and a Bachelor of Laws, and has previously worked in the Queensland Government under Peter Beattie.

Perrett was born in St George in Queensland in 1966 (seventh child in a family of ten children),[1] and received a diploma of teaching in 1985.[2] He taught for three years in schools on the Darling Downs and Far North Queensland, then another eight years in Brisbane.

In 1993, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours through the University of Queensland. His honours thesis was a study of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Perrett later received a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology in 1999, He worked working as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1999 to 2005. After working with the Queensland Independent Education Union as an organiser he was given a role as Senior Policy Adviser for then Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie in 2005, and later for the Minister for Health, Stephen Robertson. Perrett previously ran unsuccessfully for the federal seat of Moreton in 2004.[2]

Perrett has represented the seat of Moreton, Queensland, since the 2007 Australian federal election[3] where he ended Gary Hardgrave's 11-year term in office with a 7.6-point swing.[4] Perrett described the victory as surprising, stating "In my wildest dreams I certainly didn't expect that the seat would be decided as early as it was".[4] Perrett also claimed the victory, over a former multicultural affairs minister, could be put down to the fact that "people are ready for hope and aren't prepared to stick with the tired old fear factor of John Howard".[3]

A major issue in the 2007 Moreton campaign was the Australian Labor Party (on behalf of Perrett) branding Perrett's rival, Gary Hardgrave, a "racist", after the standing member said that Moreton was being "exhausted" by the influx of African refugees.[3] Perrett campaigned primarily on issues relating to health and education in the lead up to the election, whilst Hardgrave focused primarily on roads, according to a radio interview.[5]

Graham Perrett published his first novel, The Twelfth Fish [1], in October 2008. The sex scenes in The Twelfth Fish, while not a major part of the story and rather tame by modern standards, tititlated the political class and the media. In the lead-up to the 2010 federal election a Christian group put out a flyer calling Perrett the Member for Porn. Perrett won his seat in the 2010 election with a margin of 1.1 points and went on to publish a sequel in September 2013, The Big Fig.[6][7]

In his teaching days Perret played in a band (Once I Killed a Gopher with a Stick) and remains a keen fan of music and literature. He enjoys writing and bushwalking.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Graham Perrett – Member for Moreton". Australian Labor Party. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b "About Graham". Labor for Moreton. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ a b c Hannah Davies (24 November 2007). "Graham Perrett takes back Moreton after 11 years". The Courier Mail. News.com.au. Retrieved 2007-12-02. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Sam Strutt (26 November 2007). "New faces ride wave of change". The Courier Mail. News.com.au. Retrieved 2007-12-02. [dead link]
  5. ^ Eleanor Hall (24 September 2007). "Hardgrave and Perrett battle it out for Moreton". The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  6. ^ "National Library of Australia". 
  7. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald". 
  8. ^ "Biography published by The Vulgar Press". 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Gary Hardgrave
Member for Moreton
2007–present
Incumbent