Justine Keay

Member for Braddon (Tas)

ALP, 2016–2018

Member for Braddon (Tas)

ALP, 2018–2019

Justine Keay.

Image taken by Marni Billing.

Before her election as the first woman to represent Braddon, Justine Keay had a varied career, working in television production, the UK civil service and as a political staffer in Tasmanian state politics. Born and raised in Devonport, Keay served on the Devonport City Council for seven years, stepping down to take her seat in Parliament.

Dedicated to ‘representing my community, especially our minority groups and battlers’, Keay was keenly aware of entrenched disadvantage in her rural electorate. In particular, she drew attention to the high unemployment, low school retention rates, poor health outcomes and growing digital divide in Braddon.

In Parliament, she pledged to be guided by ‘my values of equality, fairness, equity and justice’, and repeatedly called for increased funding for mental health services and hospitals in Tasmania, more support for Braddon’s struggling primary producers and its rapidly aging population, and better broadband services.

In 2018, Keay resigned after a High Court ruling made it clear she was ineligible to stand for Parliament because she held dual citizenship. Keay, who renounced her British citizenship, was returned at the subsequent by-election, however failed to hold the marginal seat at the 2019 federal election.