Anika Shay Wells is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2019 federal election. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and represents the Division of Lilley in Queensland.
|Member of the Australian Parliament for Lilley|
|Assumed office |
18 May 2019
|Preceded by||Wayne Swan|
|Alma mater||Griffith University|
Australian National University
Wells holds arts and law degrees from Griffith University, and a graduate diploma in legal practice from the Australian National University. Her mother was born in New Zealand, and she held New Zealand citizenship by descent until February 2018, when she renounced it to stand for parliament.
Prior to entering politics, Wells worked as an adviser to the federal government for five years. She was admitted to practise law in 2012 and joined Maurice Blackburn in 2014 as a compensation lawyer. She worked on a number of cases related to immigration detention.
In March 2018, Wells won Labor preselection for the Division of Lilley, replacing the retiring member Wayne Swan. She retained the seat at the 2019 federal election despite a five-point swing against the ALP on the two-party-preferred count.
- "Qualification checklist" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Federal election 2019 result in Lilley sees Labor claim Brisbane seat". ABC News. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
- "Anika Wells". Maurice Blackburn. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Lilley