Member for Bonner (Qld)
Kerry Rea represented the electorate of Bonner (Qld) for the Australian Labor Party in the House of Representatives and served for one term (2007–10). Before her election Rea served as a councillor on the Brisbane City Council for 14 years. She said she was motivated to run for a federal seat through her understanding of the need for better relationships between federal government and local councils.
In her first speech Rea referred to her Aboriginal great-grandmother and the importance and poignancy of the prime minister’s 2008 apology to the stolen generations. She supported measures to eliminate sexual abuse and violence against women and children in Indigenous communities and increased consultation with Indigenous communities in formulating policies. As a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Rea contributed to a report on Indigenous small businesses, which included a recommendation to encourage government procurement from Indigenous enterprises.
Rea supported legislation to address the discrimination against people with disabilities, climate change, health reform and paid parental leave.