Justine Keay

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Justine Keay
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Braddon
In office
28 July 2018 – 18 May 2019
Succeeded byGavin Pearce
In office
2 July 2016 – 10 May 2018
Preceded byBrett Whiteley
Personal details
Justine Terri Keay

(1975-03-18) 18 March 1975 (age 44)
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania

Justine Terri Keay (born 18 March 1975) is a former Australian politician. She is the Labor member for Braddon in the House of Representatives, serving from the 2016 federal election held on 2 July 2016 until her resignation on 10 May 2018 as a part of the 2017–18 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis and then since the 2018 Braddon by-election. She replaced the Liberal Party's Brett Whiteley.[1][2]

Keay was an alderman for Devonport City Council for seven years, resigning on 26 May 2016.[3] She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography from the University of Tasmania. She worked in the television industry with Southern Cross Television and WIN Television in Western Australia before gaining further qualifications from Murdoch University in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management and has received a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She returned to Tasmania and entered politics as an assistant to then Minister for Environment the Hon Bryan Green MP.[4]

On 9 May 2018, Keay announced her resignation from the House of Representatives following the High Court of Australia ruling that Senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible to contest the 2016 election. Like Gallagher, Keay had failed to renounce her British citizenship before nomination in the 2016 federal election.[2] She contested and won the 2018 Braddon by-election on 28 July.[5] She lost her seat at the 2019 Australian federal election.


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Labor Party claims three marginal Tasmanian seats". ABC News. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Greg; Owens, Jared; Varga, Remy (9 May 2018). "PoliticsNow: Rebekha Sharkie, Justine Keay quit over citizenship". The Australian. Retrieved 9 May 2018.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "Resignation of Alderman Justine Keay". Devonport City Council. 26 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Justine Keay, Candidate for Braddon". Australian Labor Party. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Labor celebrates by-election wins in Queensland and Tasmania, expecting more in WA". ABC News. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Brett Whiteley
Member for Braddon
2016–2018, 2018–present
Succeeded by
Gavin Pearce