Chris Hayes (politician)

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Chris Hayes
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Werriwa
In office
19 March 2005 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by Mark Latham
Succeeded by Laurie Ferguson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fowler
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Julia Irwin
Personal details
Born Christopher Patrick Hayes
(1955-07-17) 17 July 1955 (age 61)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Bernadette
Children 3
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Industrial officer

Christopher Patrick "Chris" Hayes (born 17 July 1955) is an Australian Labor Party politician who was elected to the Australian House of Representatives on 19 March 2005 in a by-election for the Division of Werriwa, New South Wales, succeeding former party leader Mark Latham.

Hayes holds the position of Parliamentary Labor Party – Returning Officer, in which he oversees elections, including the 2013 Leadership Spill/Ballot in June. He released the official votes between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

Early life and education[edit]

Hayes was educated at De La Salle College, Revesby, and Sydney University. He has a Diploma in Labour Relations and Law. He was an industrial officer with the Public Service Professional Officers Association and then with the Australian Workers' Union from 1978 to 1995, then Assistant National Secretary of the Police Federation of Australia and New Zealand from 1997 to 1999. Since 1999 he has run his own business advising companies and unions on mediation issues.

At the 2005 Werriwa by-election Hayes polled 55.54 percent of the primary vote, a 2.90-point increase from the October 2004 election. This was seen as a good result for Labor, although the Liberal Party did not contest the by-election. At the 2010 federal election, he moved to the seat of Fowler following a redistribution to allow Laurie Ferguson, whose seat of Reid had been substantially changed, to contest Werriwa.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Mark Latham
Member for Werriwa
Succeeded by
Laurie Ferguson
Preceded by
Julia Irwin
Member for Fowler