Mark Furner

Mark Lionel Furner (born 11 April 1958) is an Australian politician. He was a Labor member of Australian Senate from 2008 to 2014, representing the state of Queensland.[1] Since the 2015 Queensland state election, he has represented Ferny Grove in the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Mark Furner

Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Ferny Grove
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded byDale Shuttleworth
Senator for Queensland
In office
1 July 2008  30 June 2014
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Assumed office
10 February 2017
PremierAnnastacia Palaszczuk
Preceded byCurtis Pitt
Personal details
Born (1958-04-11) 11 April 1958
Brisbane, Queensland
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Lorraine Furner
Alma materQueensland University of Technology
OccupationUnion Official


Furner was born in Brisbane, Queensland and grew up a housing commission development in Chermside. Initially working as a tradesman in the transport industry,[2] he graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with an associate diploma of business with a major in industrial relations. Between 1989 and 2008 he worked as a union official for the Transport Workers' Union, the Queensland Police Union, and the National Union of Workers. Furner held a range of positions within the Labor Party between 1996 and 2008.[1]

He was elected to the Senate at the 2007 federal election as the third candidate of the Labor Party Senate ticket in Queensland. He was defeated at the 2013 federal election and his term ended on 30 June 2014.[1]

He won the seat of Ferny Grove representing Labor at the 2015 Queensland state election.[3] On 10 February 2017, Furner was appointed to the posts of Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.[4]

Personal life

Furner is married to Lorraine and they have three children; Troy, Stacey and Sally.[2]


  1. "Senators and Members: Senator Mark Furner". Parliament of Australia. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. Furner, Mark (2 September 2008). "The Senate: First Speech". Hansard, Parliament of Australia. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. "Ferny Grove: District Summary". 2015 State General Election. Electoral Commission of Queensland. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. "Queensland Cabinet reshuffle: Mark Furner to replace Stirling Hinchliffe after resignation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Dale Shuttleworth
Member for Ferny Grove

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