Morris grew up on a farm in Alexandra in central Victoria with his mother. During his high school years, he moved to the city to live with his father. He left school at age 15 and worked as a builders' labourer.
He holidayed to Tasmania, and has lived in the Derwent Valley since 1976, working first as a farming labourer. He was then the owner/manager of a holiday lodge.
In 1989, Morris was elected to the New Norfolk Council (now Derwent Valley Council) and later became Mayor. During that time, he oversaw the purchase of the Royal Derwent Hospital and Willow Court from the Government. He retired from the Council and Mayorship in 2000.
He was re-elected in the 2006 election, receiving 10.5% of first preferences, an increase compared to his previous vote of 9.1% in the 2002 election.
At the 2010 election Morris received the highest number of first preference votes in the division of Lyons with 14.1% of the vote. After the election, Morris was elected by Parliament to the position of Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees. He was also named as the new deputy leader of the Tasmanian Greens.
- "Willow Court heritage sales hit".
- Michael Stedman, Greens spring Best surprise, The Mercury, 5 May 2010
- "Media Release: Greens Announce New Portfolio Distribution & Deputy Leader". Tasmanian Greens. May 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
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