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Graeme Sturges

Graeme Sturges

Graeme has lived in Hobart’s Northern Suburbs all of his life, and still lives in his first home, purchased some thirty years ago.

Graeme stood for Parliament in 2002, with the clear intention of providing a voice for the people; in particular, working families and the battler.

He established the first full time Southern Electorate Office, located in Glenorchy, in order that he may be easily accessible to constituents.

On May 25 2008 he was sworn in as Minister for Infrastructure.

The role of Minister for Infrastructure is a welcome challenge which Graeme hopes to take up with a collaborative and consultative approach with key stakeholders to provide an improved quality of life for all Tasmanians.

On April 23 2009 Graeme was sworn in as the inaugural Tasmanian Minister for Veterans Affairs.   The new Ministry reflects the utmost respect that the Tasmanian Government has for its veterans and the selfless contributions that they have made. Graeme will work hard to strengthen even further the bonds between the Government and the ex-service community, by listening to its concerns, working to ensure they have access to the services they are entitled to, and helping to ensure that the ongoing legacy of Tasmania’s military service continues to be honoured. 

Prior to entering the Tasmanian Parliament, Graeme worked as a Training Officer with Australia Post, and went on to become the Tas Branch Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, previously, the Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union which, through the process of amalgamation, is now the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU).

During his time as a Union Official, Graeme fought to ensure the rights of workers were protected and enhanced.

He was a National Ex-member of the CEPU and participated in the negotiation of several EBA’s, in particular with Australia Post and Telstra.

Graeme spent some time during the late 1990’s in Canada with the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Postal Workers Union, looking into regulatory matters affecting Canada’s Postal service.

Graeme was instrumental in developing the successful Hands Off Australia Post campaign, staving off the conservative Federal Government’s intention to deregulate Australia Post.

Graeme is Patron to several organisations, including:  the RSPCA Hobart Shelter, Kalang Riding for the Disabled, Claremont RSL, Polish Senior Citizens Association of Tasmania and Abbeyfield House Chigwell.

A dedicated family man, Graeme and Jill have been married since 1976 and have two adult children, Ben and Amber, and Olive the Beagle.


Contact Details 

353 Main Road
Glenorchy  TAS  7010

Ph: 6233 8874
fax: 6233 8878

graeme.sturges@dier.tas.gov.au