Pat Conroy (politician)

Patrick Martin Conroy (born 10 May 1979) is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013. He represented the Division of Charlton until its abolition in 2016, and since then has represented the Division of Shortland. He has been a member of the shadow ministry since 2016.

Pat Conroy

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Shortland
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byJill Hall
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Charlton
In office
7 September 2013  2 July 2016
Preceded byGreg Combet
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born (1979-05-10) 10 May 1979
Sydney, Australia
British (1979–2013)
Political partyLabor
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
ProfessionEconomist, politician

Early life

Conroy was born in Sydney.[1] His parents were "union delegates throughout their lives and long-time Labor activists".[2] He was born a British citizen by descent through his father, who was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. He renounced his dual citizenship before standing at the 2013 election in accordance with section 44 of the constitution.[3]

Conroy holds the degree of Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney. He joined the ALP in 1994 and served as a state and federal vice-president of Australian Young Labor from 2003 to 2004. Prior to entering parliament, he worked as an electorate officer for Anthony Albanese (2000), an industrial/policy officer with the CFMEU's forestry division (2000–2002), a policy adviser to George Campbell (2002–2004), national economist to the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (2004–2008), and as principal policy adviser (2008–2011) and deputy chief of staff (2011–2013) to Greg Combet.[1]


Conroy was elected to parliament at the 2013 federal election, retaining the Division of Charlton for the Labor Party following Greg Combet's retirement.[2][4] He transferred to the Division of Shortland at the 2016 election, following Charlton's abolition. After the election he was appointed to Bill Shorten's shadow ministry as an assistant minister for the portfolios of infrastructure and climate change and energy. He retained his place in Anthony Albanese's shadow ministry after the 2019 election, and was promoted to Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific as well as minister assisting in the portfolios of climate change and defence.[1]

Conroy is aligned with the ALP's Socialist Left faction,[5] and serves as one of the two federal parliamentary convenors of the Labor Left faction, along with Andrew Giles.[6]


  1. "Mr Pat Conroy MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  2. "Maiden speech". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. "Citizenship Register – 45th Parliament" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. Kelly, Matthew (8 September 2013). "CHARLTON: Conroy to stick to local issues". Newcastle Herald. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  5. Gartrell, Adam (15 January 2016). "Labor factions engineer deal to keep Joel Fitzgibbon, Pat Conroy in Parliament". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. Crowe, David. "New trade tensions inside Labor as Left faction pushes for greater labour restrictions". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Greg Combet
Member for Charlton
Division abolished
Preceded by
Jill Hall
Member for Shortland

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