Graham Watt

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Graham Watt
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Burwood
Assumed office
27 November 2010
Preceded by Bob Stensholt
Personal details
Born (1976-08-18) 18 August 1976 (age 40)
Norseman, Western Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Alma mater Edith Cowan University

Graham Travis Watt (born 18 August 1976) is an Australian politician, who is currently (since 2010) the member for the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Burwood.[1] He is a member of the Liberal Party.

Early life[edit]

Watt was born in Western Australia. He grew up in public housing and is one of 11 children with 10 sisters.

Before moving to Victoria, Watt graduated from Edith Cowan University, obtaining a Bachelor of Business, and majoring in Finance and Economics. He has since been the owner of a mobile phone retail store and a carpet cleaning business.


Watt unsuccessfully ran for the Liberal Party in 2002 and 2006 in the electoral district of Northcote, which was a safe seat for the ALP.[2] He said: Those campaigns were really about learning and gaining the most experience I could.[citation needed]

In 2009 he was preselected as the Liberal candidate for the electorate of Burwood, which he won in at the November 2010 state election, ousting Labor's Bob Stensholt.[3]

He was elected in the 2010 Victorian election 27 November 2010, and was formally sworn in on 2 December 2010. He was re-elected in the 2014 Victorian election.

In October 2016 Graham Watt created a petition for members of the Australian-Chinese community, opposing aspects of the Safe Schools program.[4] It was reported that the petition raised concerns about the program's "inappropriate contents, the political agenda it promotes in schools, the lack of parental consent involved, and its failure to respect cultural and religious diversity".

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Ashburton and is engaged with multiple community organisations, such as the Eastern Lions Soccer Club in his electoral district and his children's school.


External links[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Bob Stensholt
Member for Burwood