Amy MacMahon

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Amy MacMahon (born 7 June 1986) is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the Greens for the seat of South Brisbane. She has experience as a teacher and sociologist, holding several degrees including a PhD from the University of Queensland (UQ).

Australian politician and sociologist

Amy MacMahon
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for South Brisbane
Assumed office
31 October 2020 (2020-10-31)
Preceded by Jackie Trad
Personal details
Born (1986-06-07) 7 June 1986 (age 35)[1]
Nationality Australian
Political party Queensland Greens

At the 2020 state election, MacMahon won the seat of South Brisbane from Labor‘s Jackie Trad, becoming the second Greens member in parliament alongside Michael Berkman.

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MacMahon lives in East Brisbane, and went to Brisbane State High School.[2] In 2011, MacMahon spent 12 months in Bangladesh completing some community work. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy from UQ. The thesis for her PhD investigated climate change adaptation in Bangladesh.[3]

MacMahon has most recently worked with Ipswich City Council on community engagement. Before that, she worked as an English teacher, and a sociology lecturer at UQ.[4]

At the 2020 state election, MacMahon defeated Labor’s former deputy premier Jackie Trad for the seat of South Brisbane, achieving 37.9 per cent of the primary vote, overtaking Trad on 34.4 per cent. MacMahon received a two-candidate-preferred vote of 55.3 per cent once preferences had been delivered.[5][3] This followed a decision by the LNP to recommend Labor be preferenced last in South Brisbane.[6] She became the second Greens member currently in the state parliament, with Berkman in the seat of Maiwar.[5]

MacMahon also contested against Trad in South Brisbane during the 2017 election, achieving 34.4 per cent of primary votes and 46.4 per cent after preferences.[3]

  1. “Dr Amy MacMahon”. Parliament of Queensland. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  2. MacMahon, Amy. “About Amy MacMahon”. Amy MacMahon for South Brisbane. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  3. Green, Antony (3 November 2020). “South Brisbane – QLD Election 2020”. ABC News. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  4. Moore, Tony (2 November 2020). “The sociologist who toppled a Queensland Labor giant”. Brisbane Times. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  5. McKenna, Kate; Dasey, Jason (2 November 2020). “Queensland election results reveal the winners and losers in 2020”. ABC News. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  6. “LNP to put Labor last in its Queensland election preferences, elevating the Greens”. ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 22 November 2020.

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by

Member for South Brisbane
Labor (52)
Liberal National (34)
Katter’s Australian (3)
Greens (2)
One Nation (1)
Independents (1)

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