Tony Burke

The Honourable
Tony Burke
Tony Burke Portrait 2008.jpg
Manager of Opposition Business in the House
Assumed office
18 October 2013
LeaderBill Shorten
Preceded byChristopher Pyne
Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
In office
1 July 2013 - 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Preceded byBrendan O'Connor
Succeeded byScott Morrison
Minister for the Arts
In office
25 March 2013 - 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded bySimon Crean
Succeeded byGeorge Brandis
Vice-President of the Executive Council
In office
5 March 2012 - 18 September 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byRobert McClelland
Succeeded byGeorge Brandis
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
In office
14 September 2010 - 1 July 2013
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Kevin Rudd
Preceded byPeter Garrett
Succeeded byMark Butler
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
In office
3 December 2007 - 14 September 2010
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded byPeter McGauran
Succeeded byJoe Ludwig
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Watson
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded byLeo McLeay
Personal details
BornAnthony Stephen Burke
(1969-11-04) 4 November 1969 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Cathy Bresnan
(m. 1994-2012)
Skye Laris
(m. 2015)
Alma materUniversity of Sydney


Anthony Stephen ‘Tony’ Burke (given birth to 4 November 1969) is a Labor person in the home of Associates in the Australian Parliament representing Watson, New South Wales; Supervisor of Opposition Business; and Darkness Minister for the Arts, for Environment and Drinking water, as well as for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia. Between 2007 and 2013 Burke offered as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the First Rudd Ministry; Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Drinking water and Populace in the Initial Gillard Ministry and Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Minister for the Arts, and Vice-President from the Professional Council in the next Rudd Ministry. Burke was initially elected to general public workplace in 2003 while an associate of the brand new South Wales Legislative Council. In Oct 2004, Burke relocated from condition to Federal government parliament when he was elected towards the department of Watson.


Burke grew up inside a Roman Catholic category of Irish descent. He went to Catholic colleges, Regina Coeli (Beverly Hillsides, NSW) and St Patrick's University (Strathfield, NSW), where he was Vice-Captain. He went to the University or college of Sydney where he graduated having a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and regulations He was also granted the Martin Sorensen Trophy for Greatest Speaker in the 1994 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships.After university, Burke co-founded an advocacy and training business named following the iconic fictional character Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's To Get rid of a Mockingbird. He remaining the business in 1997 to function for the Store, Distributive and Allied Workers' Association.From 1997 until 2003, Burke worked as an organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers' Association around the region he currently represents in Federal Parliament. In 2003 Burke remaining the SDA to perform for the brand new South Wales Legislative Council.On 22 March 2003, Burke was elected to the brand new South Wales Legislative Council. He chaired the NSW Condition Development Committee, performing inquiries into slots infrastructure and technology commercialisation. A look at created that Burke's skills were lost in the NSW Legislative Council and he resigned from condition parliament on 24 June 2004 to marketing campaign for the brand new South Wales department of Watson. He received the seat in the 2004 federal government election.

Federal Parliament

Burke is 1 of 2 serving MPs to begin with their career within the frontbench. Upon becoming elected to Federal government Parliament in 2004 Burke was appointed as Darkness Minister for SMALL COMPANY and was advertised to Darkness Minister for Immigration in June 2005. Following the Australian Labor Party management spill, 2006, Opposition Innovator, Kevin Rudd extended Burke’s profile to Immigration, Integration and Citizenship.While in opposition, Burke led an unsuccessful bipartisan appeal for clemency towards the Singapore High Commissioner to avoid the execution of convicted Australian medication smuggler, Van Tuong Nguyen. Seven years after Nguyen was carried out Burke spoke in the release from the SBS Better Man miniseries about Nguyen’s case. In the release, Burke described the ending up in the Singapore Large Commissioner as “the most severe day time” of his politics profession and “possibly probably the most troubling day time” of his existence.Following the 2007 federal election, Burke was appointed by Primary Minister Kevin Rudd to serve as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He was sworn in from the Governor-General on 3 Dec 2007. As Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Burke oversaw the abolition from the Australian mass whole wheat export monopoly following the AWB oil-for-wheat scandal. He oversaw the eradication from the equine flu in Australia following the 2007 equine influenza outbreak.On 2 Apr 2010, Kevin Rudd appointed Burke as Minister for Human population. The appointment arrived after Rudd mentioned he was towards a "big Australia" in response to demographic projections in the Government's Intergenerational Record showing the populace of Australia would boost from 22 million this year 2010 to 35 million in 2050. Burke’s obligations included planning the development in Australia’s human population and coordinating the provision of solutions accordingly.Following a 2010 federal election, Burke was appointed Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Drinking water, Population and Communities. In March 2012, following a ALP management spill, Burke was also appointed Vice-President from the Executive Council.While Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Drinking water, Population and Areas, Burke established the Commonwealth Sea Reserve Network, the biggest network of marine protected areas all over the world as well as the world’s second largest conservation dedication following the preservation of Antarctica.Burke acted like a mediator in the long-running dispute between environmental organizations as well as the Tasmanian forestry market, culminating in the putting your signature on from the historic Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Contract in 2011.Burke often cites Labor’s environmental qualifications and the marketing campaign to safeguard the Daintree Rainforest while the reason why he got involved with politics. In authorities, Burke pushed to safeguard large regions of the Tasmanian Wilderness as well as the Ningaloo Reef with them detailed as UNESCO Globe History Sites. In 2014, the Abbott Authorities’s software to undo Burke’s Tasmanian Wilderness Globe Heritage list was rejected from the UNESCO World History Committee. The Portuguese delegation known as the delisting attempt “feeble”.In early 2011, Burke gave approval for the 100 % plantation timber Bell Bay Pulp Mill in the Tamar Valley after imposing stricter environmental conditions within the applicant Gunns Limited. Burke stated lots of the needs created by environmental organizations against the development have been addressed.On 22 November 2012, Burke signed off over the Murray Darling Basin Program, a process over a century in the building, after extensive assessment with irrigators, environmental groupings and state government authorities.On 25 March 2013, Burke was appointed Minister for the Arts in the next Gillard Ministry, furthermore to his existing responsibilities. Burke overran the implementation from the Gillard Federal government’s Innovative Australia policy following the previous Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean, was sacked for his participation within a failed try to come back Kevin Rudd.Following June 2013 Labor leadership spill, Burke’s provide to resign in the ministry was turned down by returned Perfect Minister Kevin Rudd. Burke, a supporter of Julia Gillard, have been vital of Rudd's functionality during his prior tenure as Perfect Minister. Rudd appointed Burke as Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship in the next Rudd Ministry. He continued to be Minister for the Arts and Vice-President from the Executive Council.Pursuing Labor’s 2013 election loss, Burke was appointed Darkness Fund Minister and Manager of Opposition Business. From opposition Burke is a vocal opposition from the Liberal Country wide Federal government’s fiscal and financial policies, and its own tries to repeal protections against racist hate talk in Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Action. IN-MAY 2014, Burke kept a march against the adjustments to Section 18C in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba. The function was went to by a lot more than 1,000 people protesting against the adjustments, which were eventually dropped with the Abbott Government.Following the 2016 Federal Election Burke was appointed Darkness Minister for Environment and Water, Darkness Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia, Darkness Minister for the Arts and Manager of Opposition Business.

See also

Initial Rudd Ministry Initial Gillard Ministry Second Gillard Ministry Second Rudd Ministry