Terri Butler

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Terri Butler

Terri Butler.jpg
Butler in 2014
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Griffith
Assumed office
8 February 2014
Preceded byKevin Rudd
Personal details
Terri Megan Butler

(1977-11-28) 28 November 1977 (age 42)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Troy Spence
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
James Cook University
ProfessionWorkplace relations lawyer
PortfolioShadow Minister for the Environment and Water[1]

Terri Megan Butler (born 28 November 1977) is an Australian industrial lawyer, politician and member for the Division of Griffith in the Australian House of Representatives. She was preselected to represent the Australian Labor Party in the 2014 Griffith by-election triggered by the resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. She won the seat with a 51.8 (−1.2) percent two-party vote against Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson.[2] Before the by-election she was an industrial lawyer for the firm Maurice Blackburn.[3]

During September 2015 Butler sparked controversy when she opposed anti-abortion activist Troy Newman from entering Australia. Butler wrote to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and requested he ask his Department to consider cancellation of Newman's visa,[4] which was revoked.[5] Newman, after flying to Australia without a visa, was deported after losing a High Court appeal.[6]

In July 2015, Butler along with Labor colleague Laurie Ferguson, Liberal MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro, independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan and Greens MP Adam Bandt co-sponsored a bill to introduce same-sex marriage in Australia.[7][8][9][10]

In October 2015, Butler was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Child Safety and Prevention of Family Violence in Bill Shorten's Shadow Ministry.[1] Re-elected at the 2016 federal election, Butler was appointed to new shadow portfolios: Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence; Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities; and Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality.[1] Butler was re-elected again in the 2019 federal election with a 1.1% two-party preferred swing [11] and was announced as the Shadow Minister for Environment and Water in the new opposition frontbench selected by Anthony Albanese.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Ms Terri Butler MP". Aph.gov.au. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  2. ^ 2014 Griffith by-election result: AEC Archived 11 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Griffith by-election: Bill Glasson, Terri Butler vie for Kevin Rudd's old seat as voters return to polls". ABC News. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ "The letter Terri Butler wrote to keep anti-abortionists away". 30 September 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ "US antiabortion campaigner Troy Newman barred from entering Australia". 1 October 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Anti-abortion activist Troy Newman to be deported after losing court bid to stay in Australia". 2 October 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Cross party plan reached on same sex marriage". Sky News Australia. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
  8. ^ Stephanie Peatling & James Massola (1 July 2015). "Multi-party same-sex marriage bill to be introduced in August". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. ^ "Same-sex marriage: Coalition MPs Warren Entsch, Teresa Gambaro to co-sponsor private member's bill". ABC News. 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Why I'm co-sponsoring a marriage equality bill". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ "Griffith". ABC News.
  12. ^ "Labor leader Anthony Albanese announces frontbench in wake of federal election 2019". ABC News. 2 June 2019.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kevin Rudd
Member for Griffith