Terri Butler

Terri Megan Butler (born 28 November 1977) is an Australian industrial lawyer, politician and member for the Division of Griffith in the Australian House of Representatives. She was preselected to represent the Australian Labor Party in the 2014 Griffith by-election triggered by the resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. She won the seat with a 51.8 (−1.2) percent two-party vote against Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson.[2] Before the by-election she was an industrial lawyer for the firm Maurice Blackburn.[3]

Terri Butler

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Griffith
Assumed office
8 February 2014
Preceded byKevin Rudd
Personal details
Terri Megan Butler

(1977-11-28) 28 November 1977
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Troy Spence
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
James Cook University
ProfessionWorkplace relations lawyer
PortfolioShadow Minister for the Environment and Water[1]

During September 2015 Butler sparked controversy when she opposed anti-abortion activist Troy Newman from entering Australia. Butler wrote to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and requested he ask his Department to consider cancellation of Newman's visa,[4] which was revoked.[5] Newman, after flying to Australia without a visa, was deported after losing a High Court appeal.[6]

In July 2015, Butler along with Labor colleague Laurie Ferguson, Liberal MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro, independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan and Greens MP Adam Bandt co-sponsored a bill to introduce same-sex marriage in Australia.[7][8][9][10]

In October 2015, Butler was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Child Safety and Prevention of Family Violence in Bill Shorten's Shadow Ministry.[1] Re-elected at the 2016 federal election, Butler was appointed to new shadow portfolios: Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence; Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities; and Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality.[1] Butler was re-elected again in the 2019 federal election with a 1.1% two-party preferred swing [11] and was announced as the Shadow Minister for Environment and Water in the new opposition frontbench selected by Anthony Albanese.[12]


Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kevin Rudd
Member for Griffith
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