As the Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke has been central to holding the Government to account on the floor of Parliament. Tony devised the tactics when Labor took control of the floor of the House of Representatives in the first week of sittings after the election; the first time an Opposition had done so in 50 years.
Tony’s portfolios reflect his lifelong commitments; to modern multicultural Australia, to the environment, and to the arts. In Government Tony Burke was responsible for resolving 100 years of conflict in the Murray-Darling Basin, placing Tasmania’s forests on the World Heritage list, implementing the comprehensive Creative Australia arts and culture policy, and making the second-largest conservation decision in the history of the planet by protecting our oceans. He has led the fight against racial hate speech with the iconic Walk for Respect in the heart of his community in Lakemba.