George Campbell (Australian politician)

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George Campbell
Senator for New South Wales
In office
17 September 1997 – 30 June 2008
Preceded by Bruce Childs
Personal details
Born (1943-02-18) 18 February 1943 (age 74)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Union official

George Campbell (born 18 February 1943) was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate from 1997 to 2008, representing the state of New South Wales. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was a trade union official before entering politics. Victorian State Secretary of the Federated Shipwrights' and Ship Constructors' Union 1970-76, National President of the union 1974, Federal Secretary of the union 1974-76, Assistant National Secretary of the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union 1976-88 and National Secretary 1988-96. He was a member of the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions 1987-97 and ACTU Senior Vice-President 1993-97.

Campbell was a member of the ALP National Executive 1986-2004 and Junior Vice-President of the ALP 1994-2000. He is a prominent member of the Socialist Left faction of the ALP, and was a leading critic of the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Campbell was Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research 2001-04. From the 2004 election, he served as the Opposition Senate Whip.

In April 2007, facing near-certain defeat in a preselection challenge by former protégé Doug Cameron, he announced that he would retire at the end of his term in the Senate.[1]


  1. ^ Correy, Phillip (26 April 2007). "Wounded senator falls to protege". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-25.