Anna Burke

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Anna Burke

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28th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
In office
9 October 2012 – 12 November 2013
DeputyBruce Scott
Preceded byPeter Slipper
Succeeded byBronwyn Bishop
Deputy Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
In office
24 November 2011 – 9 October 2012
Preceded byPeter Slipper
Succeeded byBruce Scott
In office
12 February 2008 – 28 September 2010
Preceded byHarry Jenkins
Succeeded byPeter Slipper
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Chisholm
In office
3 October 1998 – 9 May 2016
Preceded byMichael Wooldridge
Succeeded byJulia Banks
Personal details
Anna Elizabeth Burke

(1966-01-01) 1 January 1966 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
Steve Burgess (m. 1994)
ResidenceBox Hill South[1]
EducationPresentation College, Windsor
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Monash University
OccupationUnion representative, Politician

Anna Elizabeth Burke AO (born 1 January 1966) is a former Australian politician and current Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She was a member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to May 2016, representing the Division of Chisholm, Victoria. From October 2012 to November 2013, she was Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Burke was born in Melbourne and educated at Presentation College, Windsor. She graduated from Monash University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in English Literature, and later from the University of Melbourne in 1994 with a Master of Commerce with Honours in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Before entering politics, Burke worked as a trade union official and human resources manager. In this capacity, she worked for Victoria Roads from 1988 to 1993 and for Victoria University (then the Victorian Institute of Technology) from 1993 to 1994. In 1994, she joined the Finance Sector Union as their National Industrial Officer.[2]


Early years[edit]

She had joined the Ashwood branch of the Labor Party in 1986, and in 1997 she was pre-selected for the Division of Chisholm by the Labor Party. The division was then held by Liberal Minister for Health and Family Services Michael Wooldridge. She was not expected to win, but after Wooldridge switched seats she won the seat at the 1998 federal election[3] against Peter Vlahos of the Liberal Party.

Role as Deputy Speaker and Speaker[edit]

After Labor's win at the 2007 federal election, Burke was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

She successfully defended her seat in the 2010 federal election.

On 24 November 2011, she was nominated by the Opposition for the position of Speaker of the House, which she declined. However, she accepted the Government's nomination for the position of Deputy Speaker on the same day, and was elected to that position following a ballot.

On 22 April 2012 the Speaker, Peter Slipper, announced he was standing aside, meaning he would remain Speaker but would not attend sessions of the House, until fraud allegations made against him with respect to travel expenses were resolved.[4] The Opposition called for Slipper to stay away from the chamber until sexual harassment charges were resolved as well.[5] As Deputy Speaker, Burke was deprived of her deliberative vote, being able only to vote in the case of a tie. On 9 October 2012, Peter Slipper resigned as Speaker of the House.[6] Later that evening, Burke was nominated and elected the new Speaker of the House of Representatives unopposed.

Her tenure as Speaker ended when her party lost government in 2013. She then sought to become chief opposition whip but was not successful.[7]

Retirement from politics[edit]

On 16 December 2015, Burke announced that she would not re-contest her seat at the 2016 federal election.[8] She was replaced as the Member for Chisholm by Liberal Julia Banks,[9] who was the only Coalition candidate to win a seat held by an opposition party in 2016.[10]

On 16 January 2017, Burke was appointed as a full-time Member of the General, Freedom of Information, and Veterans' Appeals Divisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, with her term to end on 15 January 2024.[11]

In the 2019 Australia Day Honours Burke was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to the community".[12]


  1. ^ Ms Anna Burke MP Archived 22 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Q&A (ABC).
  2. ^ "How Acting Speaker of the Federal Parliament Anna Burke juggles the office, kids, haircuts and misbehaving politicians". Herald Sun. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2015
  3. ^ "Being Anna Burke: the former speaker opens up". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015
  4. ^ "Slipper stands aside amid harassment claims". ABC News. 22 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Roxon Warns against 'lynch mob' over Slipper claims". ABC News. 23 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Slipper resigns as Speaker". ABC News. 9 October 2012.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Anderson, Stephanie (16 December 2015). "Former speaker Anna Burke calls it quits, will not recontest seat at next election". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ Green, Antony (22 July 2016). "Electorate: Chisholm". Federal Election 2016 – Australia Votes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  10. ^ Keen, Lucille (3 July 2016). "Chisholm the only seat Liberals able to snatch". Australian Financial Review. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Administrative Appeals Tribunal – Table of Statutory Appointments" (PDF). Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Anna Elizabeth Burke". Retrieved 27 January 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael Wooldridge
Member for Chisholm
Succeeded by
Julia Banks
Preceded by
Peter Slipper
Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Bronwyn Bishop