Senator Anne Urquhart was born in Latrobe, Tasmania in 1957 and raised in nearby Ulverstone and Gawler.
Married to Graham for over four decades, they have two children and four grandchildren. Anne began her working life in the late 1970’s at Simplot, a vegetable processing factory in Ulverstone.
Her involvement with the Union movement began in 1979, and in 2004, Anne was elected to the position of State Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, the first female State Secretary in Australia and relocated to Hobart fill the position. After 28 years of representing workers in the fight for fairer pay and conditions, Anne was sworn into the Senate on 1 July 2011 where she continues her stand against discrimination and inequality.
Anne served as Deputy Opposition Whip in the Australian Senate from October 2013 to May 2016.
She became the Chief Opposition Whip on 1 September 2016, a position she still holds.
Anne is a member of the Environment & Communications References Committee, the Standing Committee for Selection of Bills, the Community Affairs References Committee, House Standing Committee and Senator’s Interests Committee.
In 2018 Anne successfully proposed a Senate inquiry to examine the role of Commonwealth, state and territory governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers.
The inquiry was referred to the Education and Employment References Committee of which Anne was a member.
The Committee’s report was handed down in February 2019.