Justine Elliot

Maria Justine Elliot MP (born 29 July 1967), an Australian politician, is the Labor member for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Richmond since the 2004 federal election. Between 2007 and 2010, Elliot was the Minister for Ageing.

Justine Elliot

Minister for Ageing
In office
3 December 2007 (2007-12-03)  28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Julia Gillard
Preceded byChristopher Pyne
Succeeded byMark Butler
Parliamentary Secretary for Trade
In office
14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)  4 February 2013 (2013-02-04)
Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
Preceded byAnthony Byrne
Succeeded byKelvin Thomson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Richmond
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded byLarry Anthony
Personal details
Maria Justine Elliot

(1967-07-29) 29 July 1967
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
OccupationPolice officer

Background and early career

Elliot was born in Brisbane, Queensland and was educated at the University of Queensland, where she graduated in Arts. She was a Queensland Police officer between 1990 and 1997 and was later Juvenile Justice Conference Convener with the New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice. Elliot also holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations from Griffith University.[1]

Political career

In a considerable upset at the 2004 election,[2] Elliot defeated the National Party's Larry Anthony, a minister in the Howard government. Elliot's win was one of the few victories for the Labor Party as the Coalition easily won a fourth term in government. She was only the second Labor member ever to win the seat, and was also the only Labor challenger to defeat a Coalition MP in a rural seat. Richmond had been in the hands of a conservative party for all but six years since Federation, and for 66 of those years by the National Party. For much of that time, it had been a reasonably safe National seat. However, the growth of Tweed Heads and other coastal communities, as well as the concurrent loss of its more rural territory, has seen it become an increasingly urban seat since the 1980s. Elliot trailed Anthony by 11 points on the first count and was well behind him for most of the night. However, on the seventh count, a Green candidate's preferences flowed overwhelmingly to Elliot, allowing her to defeat Anthony by 301 votes.

The 2007 election saw Elliot re-elected over the Nationals' Sue Page. She picked up a swing of over 7.4 points, which was significantly larger than the New South Wales state average and technically made Richmond a safe Labor seat. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced she would be part of his new ministry on 29 November 2007,[3] as Minister for Ageing. She retained the seat at the 2010 election with only a small swing against Labor. She stepped aside as Minister for Ageing ahead of the formation of the Second Gillard Ministry on 11 September 2010.[4] On 11 September 2010 Elliot was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade,[5] and held this position until a reconfiguration of the ministry on 4 February 2013 when she became a backbencher.[6] She publicly announced that this was because of her opposition to coal-seam gas mining (CSG) in the electorate, which conflicted with the role of Parliamentary Secretary.[7] Elliot retained Richmond for Labor at the 2013 election even as the Coalition opposition defeated the incumbent Labor government, marking only the second time (the first being her initial victory in 2004) that the non-Labor parties had been in government without holding Richmond. She again won with an increased majority at the 2016 election and then increased her majority again at the 2019 election.

Current and previous positions

Elliot has been the Chair of the Federal Labor Country Caucus since 2014,[8] and was the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions from 2013 to 2016, and again since 2019. She has also served on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity since 2016, and the Law Enforcement Committee since 2019.[9]

Elliot previously served on the Joint Statutory Law Enforcement Committee in 2013 and 2014, and the Joint Standing Treaties Committee in 2013. She also served on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing from 2004 to 2007, and the three House of Representatives Standing Committees of Regional Australia, Publications and Petitions from 2013 to 2016.[9]

See also


  1. "Elliot, Maria Justine". Parliamentary biographies. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  2. "Tweed MP to back Kevin Rudd". Goldcoast.com.au. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  3. "Rudd drops six: report". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2007.
  4. "Gillard unveils new Cabinet". Australia: ABC News. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  5. "The Gillard ministry". The Age. Australia. 11 September 2010.
  6. "The Hon Justine Elliot MP". Parliament of Australia: Senators and Members. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  7. https://www.tweeddailynews.com.au/news/justine-elliot-defends-her-stand-against-csg/1750319/
  8. http://www.joelfitzgibbon.com/rural_and_regional_australia_goes_to_the_top_of_labor_s_agenda
  9. https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=DZW
Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Pyne
Minister for Ageing
Succeeded by
Mark Butler
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Larry Anthony
Member for Richmond
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