Peter Breen (politician)

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Peter Breen
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
27 March 1999 – 23 March 2007
Personal details
Born (1947-11-04) 4 November 1947 (age 67)
Nationality Australian
Political party RLS (1999–2006)
Labor (2006)
Human Rights (2006–2007)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Lawyer

Peter James Breen (born 4 November 1947) is a former Australian politician. He was a solicitor before entering politics, achieving a Diploma of Law from Sydney University. He was originally a member of the Liberal Party, serving as President of the Campbelltown Young Liberals 1971-1972. From 1995-1998 he was Secretary of the Australian Bill of Rights Group, and in 1998 joined Reform the Legal System. In the 1999 New South Wales election he was elected to the Legislative Council.[1]

Breen joined the Australian Labor Party on 5 May 2006, but resigned on 18 July[2] to form the Human Rights Party. He unsuccessfully contested the 2007 New South Wales state election.[1]

In 2014 Breen became an adviser to Senator Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party but was sacked on 5 August 2014.[3] He has campaigned over an alleged miscarriage of justice in the conviction of Stephen Wayne 'Shorty' Jamieson for the 1988 murder of Janine Balding.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Mr Peter James Breen (1947 - )". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Breen, Peter (21 July 2006). A Form of Love. Stateline. Interview with O'Neill, Sharon (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). Retrieved 22 November 2014. ... he joined the Labor Party. On Tuesday [18 July 2006], just 10 weeks later, he resigned, after he refused the premier's demand that he apologise for his comments. 
  3. ^ "Ricky Muir sacks adviser Peter Breen; third staffer of Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator to depart". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.