Jim Turnour

James Pearce Turnour (born 7 April 1966) was the Australian Labor Party MP for the division of Leichhardt. He was first elected in the 2007 federal election.[1] He was defeated at the 2010 federal election.[2]

Jim Turnour
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Leichhardt
In office
24 November 2007  21 August 2010
Preceded byWarren Entsch
Succeeded byWarren Entsch
Personal details
Born (1966-04-07) 7 April 1966
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Alma materUniversity of Queensland


Turnour won Leichhardt at the 2007 election on a swing of 14 percent, the largest in the country.[3] It was actually his second bid for the seat; he challenged Liberal incumbent Warren Entsch in 2004 and was heavily defeated. Entsch retired in 2007. He held Leichhardt on a seemingly safe majority of 10 percent, but Turnour rode a large Labor wave to take the seat. He lost to Entsch in 2010.

He currently manages a large-scale project for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, helping farmers recover after Cyclone Larry and has worked for Senator Jan McLucas in the past.[4]

Jim Turnour is on the committee of Northern Beaches Landcare and the Trinity Inlet Catchment Management Association. He is also a member of SPEED (Southern Parents Empowering Early Development), Cairns and District Chinese Association, Cairns Yacht Club, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre and is a guest presenter on Cairns Community Radio.

Federal Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing:[5]

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 19.2.08;
  • Economics from 19.2.08.

Joint Standing:[5]

  • National Capital and External Territories from 18.2.08.


Turnour has degrees in agriculture and economics[6] and lives in Smithfield with his wife Tiffany, whom he met teaching kids to sail at the Cairns Yacht Club, and daughter Zoe.


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Warren Entsch
Member for Leichhardt
Succeeded by
Warren Entsch
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