Julia Irwin

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Julia Irwin
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fowler
In office
3 October 1998 – 19 July 2010
Preceded by Ted Grace
Succeeded by Chris Hayes
Personal details
Born (1951-09-08) 8 September 1951 (age 64)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Geoff Irwin
Occupation Bank officer, unionist

Julia Claire Irwin (born 8 November 1951), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to July 2010, representing the Division of Fowler, New South Wales. Irwin was born in Sydney and was variously a bank officer, trade union administration officer and electorate officer before entering politics.

In September 2005 Irwin was involved in a controversy over comments she made about Israel. On 13 September Irwin made a speech in Parliament characterising Israel's policies as "ethnic cleansing", and Gaza as a "concentration camp".[1] After criticism from Jewish groups and by members of both the Liberal and Labor parties, Irwin issued an apology for her "offensive" language.[2]

Irwin announced in September 2009 that she would not recontest her seat at the 2010 federal election.[3]


  1. ^ Hansard - House of Representatives, 13 September 2005, pp 95
  2. ^ Hansard - House of Representatives, 15 September 2005, pp 81
  3. ^ Retiring MP takes aim at factional warlords: ABC News 14/9/2009

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ted Grace
Member for Fowler
Succeeded by
Chris Hayes