Chris has had the great honour and privilege to represent the people of Queensland as a Labor Senator since 1 July 2014.
With degrees in commerce and economics, and a background as a union official, Chris brings a breadth and depth of experience to industrial and economic policy development. For decades he has fought for fair work for fair pay, penalty rates and better superannuation outcomes for workers.
Chris has been privileged to work with Labor's economic leadership team which also fought for the banking royal commission.
In his role as Chair of the Senate Economics References Committee, he has also helped Labor hold the government to account in several key policy areas, including through inquiries into:
- Corporate Tax Avoidance
- the Dairy Industry; and
- Non-conforming Building Products, such as asbestos and flammable cladding.
Chris has spoken out strongly on regional inequality, and secured a Senate inquiry to examine it. His commitment to ensuring regional voices are heard in Parliament led him to found Queensland Labor for the Regions in 2016. It is now the second largest Labor association within the Queensland Branch and Chris is proud to be a co-sponsor.
In December 2017, Chris was also elected as Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate.
Chris has committed his working life to improving the lives of others. He looks forward to continuing this work representing all Queenslanders in the Senate and working toward implementing stronger policies that address social and economic inequality, a fairer industrial relations system, a just social welfare safety net, and improvements for Australian workers to retire with financial security and dignity.