Joy Burch

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Joy Burch

Joy Burch at the National Multicultural Festival 2012.jpg
7th Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
31 October 2016
DeputyVicki Dunne
Preceded byVicki Dunne
Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Multiculturalism, Minister for Disability, Minister for Women , Minister for Arts, Minister for Gaming and Racing
In office
December 2015 – January 2016
Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
for Brindabella
Assumed office
November 2008
Personal details
BornSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor Party
ChildrenThree
ResidenceTuggeranong
ProfessionRegistered nurse, politician

Joy Marie Burch is an Australian politician and the current Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. She has been a Labor Party member for the seat of Brindabella in the ACT Legislative Assembly since the 2008 ACT election.

Biography[edit]

Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Ms Burch was a registered nurse. She worked for several years as a community nurse across southern NSW and the ACT. Ms Burch lived for several years in Alice Springs, as the Executive Director of the Australian Rural Health Education Network, as Executive Director of the Northern Territory Remote Workforce Agency and as the CEO of the Rural Health and Community Support Services. She also was the owner and operator of a Childcare Centre.

Burch has formal tertiary education, with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and Post-Graduate qualifications in Health Administration and Information Systems Management.

Burch is married with three sons and lives in Tuggeranong. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, community events and volunteering, swimming, gardening, walking, reading, and listening to music.[1]

Political career[edit]

Burch was first elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in the Brindabella electorate at the 2008 election.[2][3] Upon entering the Assembly, Ms Burch was appointed Government Whip, Assistant Speaker and ALP Caucus Secretary.[1]

A year later, Ms Burch was appointed to Cabinet. Over the next seven years, Ms Burch held a number of Ministerial positions, including:[1]

• Minister for Education and Training (November 2012 – January 2016)
• Minister for Police and Emergency Services (December 2014 - December 2015)
• Minister for Disability (November 2012 – January 2016)
• Minister for Racing and Gaming (May 2011 – January 2016)
• Minister for Arts (May 2011 – January 2016)
• Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Affairs (May 2011 – October 2012)
• Minister for Ageing (November 2009 – October 2012)
• Minister for Children and Young People (November 2012 - July 2014)
• Minister for Community Services (November 2009 – October 2012)
• Minister for Multicultural Affairs (November 2009 – January 2015)
• Minister for Women (November 2009 – January 2015)

She was re-elected at the 2012 election.[4]

Burch faced controversy when it was alleged that her chief of staff briefed the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) on matters regarding ACT Policing which are still under investigation.[5][6] She resigned as Minister for Police and Emergency Services in December 2015 before resigning from all other ministerial positions a month later in January 2016. She then became Deputy Speaker and Government Whip.

Burch was again re-elected at the 2016 election,[7] and she was elected Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Members of the Eighth Assembly (2012-2016) - Joy BURCH". parliament.act.gov.au. ACT Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ "ACT election final results". ACT Electoral Commission. 25 October 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ "ACT Labor People". Australian Labor Party (Australian Capital Territory Branch). 2010. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  4. ^ "2012 Results for Brindabella Electorate". elections.act.gov.au. Elections ACT. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Joy Burch resigns as ACT police minister". Canberra Times. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Joy Burch resigns but the damage is done". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ "List of elected candidates - 2016 Election". elections.act.gov.au. Elections ACT. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT". parliament.act.gov.au. ACT Legislative Assembly. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Mick Gentleman
Member for Brindabella in the ACT Legislative Assembly
2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Vicki Dunne
Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
2016–present