Kerry O'Brien (politician)
|Senator for Tasmania|
15 September 1996 – 30 June 2011
|Preceded by||John Coates|
19 July 1951 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
|Occupation||Trade union official|
|Website||Parliament of Australia - Biography|
Kerry Williams Kelso O'Brien (born 19 July 1951), was an Australian politician. O'Brien was a member of the Australian Senate for the state of Tasmania from September 1996 till June 2011, representing the Australian Labor Party.
O'Brien was born in Sydney. He was a research officer and elected official with the Federated Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1974-92, and Tasmanian Branch Secretary of the Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers' Union 1992-96.
Political career - Australian Senate
O'Brien was an Opposition Whip in the Senate 1998-2001, and was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from November 2001 till 2007. He was Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Shadow Minister for Resources 2001-03, Shadow Minister for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs and Shadow Minister for Tourism, Regional Services and Territories 2003-04, and Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Territories 2004-05. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport in June 2005.
- "Kerry O'Brien - Senator for Tasmania". Australian Labor Party. Retrieved 2010-01-22. Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Biography for O'BRIEN, Kerry Williams Kelso". Australian Parliament. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- "Senator Kerry O'Brien". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- "Senator blames Labor's left faction for preselection failure". ABC News. 2010-04-10.