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Julie Owens

Julie Owens
Owens on the hustings in 2007, watched by former prime minister Bob Hawke (left)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parramatta
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Ross Cameron
Personal details
Born (1958-10-17) 17 October 1958 (age 55)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Small business owner

Julie Ann Owens (born 17 October 1958), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 2004, representing the division of Parramatta, New South Wales.

She was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, and was educated at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (now a part of Griffith University) and at the University of Sydney. She was production manager at the Lyric Opera of Queensland from 1985-89 and senior program officer at the Australia Council from 1989-93. She then became a small-business owner and CEO of the Association of Australian Independent Record Labels (AIR) before entering Parliament.[1]

In the 2004 election campaign, Owens ran against the incumbent Liberal Ross Cameron. The campaign was notable for the admission by Cameron, a prominent family values campaigner, that he had had an extramarital affair, and Owens won the seat on preferences, despite a swing against the Labor Party in New South Wales.[2]

Owens is a backbencher and has been a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from December 2004.[1] Following the resignation of Labor MP Craig Thomson from the chair of the Economics committee, Owens was appointed head of the committee.


Preceded by
Ross Cameron
Member for Parramatta
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