Tony Burke

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The Honourable
Tony Burke
MP
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Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 October 2013
Leader Bill Shorten
Preceded by Christopher Pyne
Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
In office
1 July 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Brendan O'Connor
Succeeded by Scott Morrison (Immigration and Border Protection)
Minister for the Arts
In office
25 March 2013 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Simon Crean
Succeeded by George Brandis
Vice-President of the Executive Council
In office
5 March 2012 – 18 September 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Robert McClelland
Succeeded by George Brandis
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
In office
14 September 2010 – 1 July 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded by Peter Garrett
Succeeded by Mark Butler
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
In office
3 December 2007 – 14 September 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded by Peter McGauran
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Watson
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Leo McLeay
Personal details
Born Anthony Stephen Burke
(1969-11-04) 4 November 1969 (age 44)
Sydney, Australia
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Sydney
Religion Roman Catholicism[1][2][3][4]
Website www.tonyburke.com.au

Anthony Stephen 'Tony' Burke (born 4 November 1969) is an Australian politician representing the Labor Party, and was the Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Minister for the Arts, and the Vice-President of the Executive Council in the Second Rudd Ministry.[5] Burke first entered public office in 2003 as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. In October 2004 Burke moved from state to federal parliament on being elected to the federal seat of Watson, New South Wales.

Background[edit]

Tony Burke was educated at Regina Coeli,[1] then at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, where he was Vice-Captain,[2] and the University of Sydney, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws.

From 1997 until 2003, Burke worked as an organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association.[6]

On 22 March 2003, he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council. He chaired the NSW State Development Committee, conducting inquiries into ports infrastructure, and science and its commercialisation.[7] Burke resigned from the NSW state parliament on 24 June 2004 to campaign for the federal parliament division of Watson. He successfully gained the seat at the 2004 federal election.[2]

Federal Parliament[edit]

Burke was appointed as Shadow Minister for Small Business immediately after his election, and in June 2005 was promoted to Shadow Minister for Immigration. In December 2006 Kevin Rudd was elected leader and conducted a further reshuffle, expanding the portfolio to Immigration, Integration and Citizenship. Whilst in opposition, Burke led an unsuccessful bipartisan appeal for clemency to the Singapore High Commissioner to stop the execution of convicted Australian drug smuggler, Van Tuong Nguyen.[8] On 29 November 2007, Burke was selected by the Prime Minister Rudd as the next Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and was sworn in on 3 December 2007.[9][dead link]

On 2 April 2010, Kevin Rudd announced that Burke was the inaugural federal Minister for Population. The responsibilities of the office were to include planning the growth of the Australian population and coordinating provision of services to the increasing numbers of people living in Australia.[10]

Following the 2010 Australian election, he was appointed Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.[11][12] When Julia Gillard reshuffled her Cabinet in March 2012, following an ALP leadership spill, Burke was given the additional portfolio of Vice-President of the Executive Council. When Julia Gillard reshuffled her cabinet on 25 March 2013, Burke was appointed as Minister for the Arts, in addition to his existing responsibilities.[13]

In early 2011, after delaying an earlier decision due to Gunns Limited asking for tougher environment standards to be imposed on their proposed pulp mill development,[14][15][16] Burke gave final approval for the proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley to go ahead, subject to tougher environmental conditions requested by the company itself. Burke said that many of the demands made by environmental groups opposed to the development had been addressed.[17][18]

Following the June 2013 Labor leadership spill, Burke, a supporter of Gillard,[19] offered to hand in his commission as minister as he previously been critical of Rudd's performance in his previous tenure as Prime Minister. However, Rudd refused[20] and appointed Burke as Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship in the Second Rudd Ministry; he also retained the portfolio of Minister for the Arts and the appointment as Vice-President of the Executive Council.[5]

Following the Coalition victory in the 2013 Australian Federal Election, Burke became the Manager of Opposition Business

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Good news’ for schools in ALP funding switch". The Catholic Weekly. 14 May 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c Davis, Mark (30 December 2006). "The fine art of persuasion". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Jack the Insider (8 April 2010). "Media obsessed with Abbott's faith". The Australian. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Gould, Bob (6 March 2006). "Peter Costello, Muslims and sharia law". Ozleft. Bob Gould. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Second Rudd Ministry" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Kelly, Joe. "People in politics: Tony Burke". The Australian. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Hon Tony Burke MP, Member for Watson (NSW)". House of Representatives: Members. Parliament of Australia. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Hardie, Giles (7 July 2013). "Burke recalls failed plea as 'worst day' of his career". Sun-Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Tony Burke made first population minister". ABC News (Australia). 3 April 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Second Gillard Ministry". 14 September 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order". 14 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Full list of changes to the Gillard ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Gunns Ltd | Pulp Mill Project: IISmenu". Gunnspulpmill.com.au. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Gunns pulp mill environmental impact management plan approved" (Press release). Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Gunns wants 'tougher controls': decision delayed". ABC News (Australia). 3 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Gunns Bell Bay pulp mill". Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tasmanian pulp mill gets green light". ABC News (Australia). 10 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Aston, Heath; Swan, Jonathan (28 June 2013). "Two agonising weeks before kingmaker turned on his queen". Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  20. ^ Kirk, Alexandra (27 June 2013). "Tony Burke's resignation rejected by Rudd" (transcript). AM (Australia: ABC Radio National). Retrieved 5 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Leo McLeay
Member of Parliament for
Watson

2004–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter McGauran
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Joe Ludwig
Preceded by
Peter Garrett
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Mark Butler
Preceded by
Robert McClelland
Vice-President of the Executive Council
2013
Succeeded by
George Brandis
Preceded by
Simon Crean
Minister for Arts
2013
Preceded by
Brendan O'Connor
Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
2013
Succeeded by
Scott Morrison
as Minister for Immigration and Border Protection