|Member of the Australian Parliament
3 October 1998 – 19 July 2010
|Preceded by||Ted Grace|
|Succeeded by||Chris Hayes|
8 September 1951 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|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". After criticism from Jewish groups and by members of both the Liberal and Labor parties, Irwin issued an apology for her "offensive" language.
- Hansard - House of Representatives, 13 September 2005, pp 95
- Hansard - House of Representatives, 15 September 2005, pp 81
- Retiring MP takes aim at factional warlords: ABC News 14/9/2009
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Fowler