Anna Burke, MP

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Anna Burke (BA(Hons) 1988) is the Federal Member for Chisholm in the Parliament of Australia and a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Prior to the 2013 election Ms Burke held the position of the speaker of the House of Representatives in the Australian Federal Government - only the second female to do so.

After graduating from Monash University, Ms Burke worked in human relations for VicRoads and the Victorian Institute of Technology (now Victoria University). In 1994 she joined the Finance Sector Union (FSU) as their National Industrial Officer.

Ms Burke first entered Federal Parliament in 1998 when she was elected as the representative for Chisholm. She has since been re-elected at the 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013 elections.

Ms Burke was Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2012. She accepted the role of Speaker in April 2012.

Ms Burke was instrumental in the creation of the national ‘Do Not Call' list which protects people from unwanted telemarketing calls.

In addition to her Monash BA, Ms Burke holds a Masters of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne.