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About Anne

Senator Anne Urquhart was born in Latrobe, Tasmania in 1957 and raised in nearby Ulverstone and Gawler. I have been married to Graham Urquhart for 37 years and have two children and four grand children.
I began my working life in the late 1970’s at Simplot, a vegetable processing factory in Ulverstone. My involvement with the Union movement began in 1979 when I joined the Food Preservers Union which amalgamated to become the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. One of the first battles I faced as a Union Official was gaining credibility amongst a predominantly male workforce who were not used to rallying behind a woman.
In 2004, I was elected to the position of State Secretary of the AMWU, the first female State Secretary in Australia and I relocated to Hobart fill the position.
After 28 years of representing workers in the fight for fairer pay and conditions, I was sworn into the Senate on 1 July 2011 where I continue my stand against discrimination and inequity.
As well as continuing my union membership with the AMWU, I am a friend of the Post Polio Network of Tasmania and of Amnesty International. I am also a member of a number of Parliamentary Groups that meet in Canberra to raise awareness of issues, including:
• Heart Foundation & Stroke;
• Disabilities;
• Asbestos Related Disease;
• End-of-Life Care;
• Organ & Tissue Donation;
• Arthritis;
• A number of groups who deal with Global Poverty and Overseas aid;
• Parkinson’s Disease and
• Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People.