Member for Capricornia (Qld)
Kirsten Livermore was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Capricornia for the Australian Labor Party at the 1998 election. Prior to entering Parliament she was a solicitor and worked as an organiser for the Community and Public Sector Union.
Early in her first term, Livermore, who had two children while serving as a member, contributed to a debate on House sitting hours, agreeing that that the House sit no later than 8pm. She argued that ‘there is a need to look at ways to bring the operation of parliament into line with the realities of our obligations as both elected representatives and normal human beings with family lives.’
Livermore's five-term parliamentary career was characterised by strong commitments to youth, education, training, health, clean energy and carbon pollution reduction, and the rights of working people, especially in the coal, beef and sugar industries. She was a forceful advocate for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
Livermore served as chair of the Public Works Committee. She was shadow parliamentary secretary in the portfolios of environment, heritage and sustainability between 2001 and 2004 and employment, education and training between 2004 and 2007.