Murray Watt

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Senator
Murray Watt
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Everton
In office
21 March 2009 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by Rod Welford
Succeeded by Tim Mander
Senator for Queensland
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Personal details
Born Murray Patrick Watt
(1973-01-20) 20 January 1973 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Public servant; Judge's associate; political advisor
Profession Lawyer

Murray Patrick Watt (born 20 January 1973) is an Australian Labor politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from March 2009 to March 2012 and has represented Queensland in the Australian Senate since being elected at the July 2016 election.

Background and career[edit]

Watt was educated at Brisbane State High School and in 1996 graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. He was a solicitor (1997–2002) and judge's associate (1999–2000). He was a public servant in the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of State Development (2007–09) and chief of staff to Anna Bligh (2002–07; 2008). He had long been active in the Australian Labor Party, serving as President of Queensland Young Labor in 1998 and delegate to various state conferences. In 2009 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Everton, succeeding Rod Welford, who retired. He was defeated for re-election at the 2012 state election.[1]

Watt is a senior associate with the Brisbane office of Maurice Blackburn.[2]

Following announcement of the retirement of Senator Jan McLucas, in 2015 Watt was endorsed as a Labor Senate candidate for Queensland at the 2016 federal election[3] and subsequently elected.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Murray Watt, Senior Associate". Maurice Blackburn. 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Murray Watt to replace Jan McLucas as Labor candidate for Senate seat". ABC News. Australia. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Atfield, Cameron (4 August 2016). "Greens will begrudgingly work with Hanson: Larissa Waters". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Rod Welford
Member for Everton
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Tim Mander