Josh Burns is Labor’s Federal MP for Macnamara, previously the seat of Melbourne Ports, first elected at the 2019 Federal Election.
Born and raised in Caulfield, Josh is the grandson of Jewish migrants who left Europe and settled in Melbourne in search of a safe place to raise their families. From their experiences, Josh has learnt the importance of upholding a multicultural and multifaith Australia, and the profound role education can play in changing lives.
After attending Mount Scopus College, Josh graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Studies. Josh has previously worked as a teacher’s aide and a factory hand, and served as a Senior Adviser to the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
Josh lives with his wife Zoe, their beautiful baby daughter Tia, and their dog Larry.
As a new parent, Josh wants to make sure that every child gets every opportunity in life, and to ensure the planet she inherits from our leaders is a safe and viable one.
Josh is a member of the House Standing Committee on Environment and Energy; and Chair of the Labor Party’s International and Legal Affairs Caucus Committee.
He is a passionate advocate for our local community; and has a particular passion for climate action; tackling housing unaffordability and homelessness; equality and diversity for Australians of all races, religions, genders and sexualities; and reconciliation with our First Australians.
To learn more about Josh’s background and political passions, please watch his First Speech below, and browse this website for his other speeches, media and articles.