Murray Watt has served as Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, as well as Minister for Emergency Management, in the Albanese Labor Government since June 2022.
In the portfolio, Minister Watt engineered Australia’s first ever sustainable biosecurity funding, to ensure the country would have ongoing funding to protect against biosecurity threats like foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease. He has also led government action on other key issues for the sector, including building the agricultural workforce, expanding agricultural trade and export markets and dealing with the impacts of climate change.
A proud Queenslander, Minister Watt has represented the State in the Senate since 2016, building strong relationships in all corners of the State. As a Senator and Shadow Minister, he led a number of Senate inquiries into issues including regional development, energy and resources, emergency management and health care.
Minister Watt has strong family ties to regional Queensland, with both sides of his family having a long history in farming and teaching.
For over 20 years, his working life has been spent as an advocate for others, as a lawyer, a public servant and as Chief of Staff to former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. He also served one term as a Queensland State MP and Assistant Minister in health and economic portfolios.
He and wife Cynthia have two children and they are all big soccer fans.