Peter Russo (politician)

Peter Samuel Russo (born 13 September 1955) is an Australian politician. He is the Labor Party member for Toohey (formerly Sunnybank) in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015.[1]

Peter Russo

Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Sunnybank
In office
31 January 2015  25 November 2017
Preceded byMark Stewart
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Toohey
Assumed office
25 November 2017
Preceded byNew seat
Personal details
Born (1955-09-13) 13 September 1955
Townsville, Queensland
Political partyLabor

Russo is currently the Chair of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee. He has previously served as the Acting Chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee.

Prior to being elected, Russo was the Principal of Russo Lawyers and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. He holds a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. He has been admitted for over 30 years, with particular focus in the area of criminal law. He is a past member of the Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Committee.

He was named The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year in 2007. He has been involved in many high profile cases, including representing Dr Mohamed Haneef in 2007 and 2008.[2]


  1. Green, Antony. "Sunnybank". Queensland Election 2015. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  2. Coorey, Phillip (28 July 2007). "Haneef released as charges dropped". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2019.

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Mark Stewart
Member for Sunnybank
New seat Member for Toohey

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