Russell Wortley

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Russell Paul Wortley, Australian politician, has served as a Labor MLC in the South Australian Legislative Council since the 2006 election. He was re-elected at the 2014 election for a second eight-year term. He has served as President of the Council since 6 May 2014.[1]

Wortley worked as a plumber and gas fitter before being elected as a union official in 1984.[2] He is a former head of the Gas sub-branch of the Transport Workers Union in South Australia.[3]

Wortley has served as a member of a number of government and community organisations including the Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the Workers Appeal Tribunal and the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee.[4] He was a councillor for the Fitzroy Ward of the Prospect City Council from 1987 to 1993.[2] He is a Justice of the Peace.[4]

Elected to parliament in 2006, Wortley's policy interests include education, health, industrial relations, aged care, environment and natural resources.[4] Wortley has served in many committees and select committees.[5]

Wortley was sworn in as Minister for Industrial Relations and State/Local Government Relations on 23 June 2011.[2]

Wortley is married to Australian politician Dana Wortley and has one son.[6]


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