Mark Furner has been fighting for workers and their families for most of his adult life. The husband, father of three and grandfather of two cut his teeth as a truck driver before standing up for the rights of his fellow workers as an organiser with the Transport Worker’s Union. Mark’s success in advocating for workers eventually saw him become the Queensland Secretary of the National Union of Workers.
The son of a nurse and a Queensland police officer, Mark moved from Chermside to Pine Rivers in the 1970s and has been a strong community voice in the local area and has been heavily involved in fundraising and volunteering ever since. Since 2006 Mark Furner has raised over $100,000 for the Queensland Cancer Council’s Relay For Life.
Mark’s wholehearted opposition to the unfair and extreme Work Choices legislation led him to put his hand up to fight for Queensland families in the Australian Senate at the 2007 election.
During that time Mark served on a number of parliamentary committees including Law Enforcement, Health & Aging, and Economics. Mark was also privileged to lead a delegation to Afghanistan as chair of the Defence Sub-Committee. Mark was able to use his position in the Senate to help many people who just needed an honest voice to support them.
Mark Furner is driven by a desire to serve his community and protect people’s right to a fair go.
Mark currently serves as the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.