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Anna Burke has served as the elected representative for Chisholm (which covers suburbs such as Box Hill, Clayton and Mount Waverley in Melbourne's east) since the 1998 Federal Election and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 43rd Parliament.

As an active and approachable local Member of Parliament, Anna is committed to assisting members of the local community.

Many Australians from across the country know Anna not only for her role in the Speaker's Chair, but for her highly successful campaign to protect people from unwanted telemarketing calls. 

In 2005, Anna moved a Private Member's Bill in Federal Parliament to create a national ‘Do Not Call' list, which pressured the former Government into adopting her policy.

Anna was born in 1966 in Melbourne.  She and her four siblings were raised in Ashwood, part of the electorate Anna now represents.

Anna has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University and a Master of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to entering Federal Parliament, Anna worked as a national industrial officer for the Finance Sector Union, where she represented the workers in the banking, finance and insurance industries. Anna has also worked in human relations for VicRoads, and for the Victorian Institute of Technology (now Victoria University).

Anna lives in Box Hill South with her husband Steve and their two children.

Read Anna's first speech in Parliament