About Josh

Josh Burns is Labor’s Federal MP for Macnamara, previously the seat of Melbourne Ports.

Born and raised in Caulfield, Josh is the grandson of 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.

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.

 Since being elected, he has been a passionate advocate for support for local businesses and workers during the COVID pandemic. Josh has written and advocated for an ambitious economic recovery agenda through tackling Australia’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis and investing in clean energy.

 Josh is deeply committed to reconciliation with our First Australians.

Josh is a member of the House Standing Committee on Environment and Energy; the House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts; and Chair of the Labor Party’s International and Legal Affairs Caucus Committee.

Josh lives in Macnamara with his wife Zoe, their beautiful daughter Tia, and their dog Larry.

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.

You can read Josh’s first speech here


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    Josh Burns MP respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners of the land of the Indigenous people, the traditional custodians of this land, and respect their culture and identity which has been bound up with the land and sea for generations.