A New Era of Inclusivity: Indian-origin Varun Ghosh Appointed to Australian Senate

His role is expected to bring new perspectives and insights, particularly concerning the issues faced by multicultural communities in Australia.

In a historic move, Varun Ghosh, an Indian Australian barrister, will soon join the ranks of the Australian Senate, marking a significant step in the representation of multicultural communities in the nation’s political landscape.

Ghosh will be succeeding the respected Senator Patrick Dodson, who is set to retire due to health reasons. This transition was confirmed in a rare joint sitting of the Western Australian Parliament.

Ghosh said his preselection was an honour he won’t take for granted.

“I have had the privilege of a good education and believe strongly that high-quality education and training should be available to everyone,”

he said in a statement.
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Varun Ghosh was born in Canberra on 30 August 1985. He is the son of Indian immigrants who moved to Australia in the 1980s and both his parents worked as doctors. He moved to Perth with his parents in 1997, where he attended Christ Church Grammar School. 

He went on to study arts and law at the University of Western Australia and later studied at Darwin College, Cambridge on the Frank Downing Law Scholarship.

His legal career has been marked by significant achievements and diverse experience. Currently serving at Francis Burt Chambers, Ghosh has an impressive legal background, focusing on commercial and administrative law, as well as industrial relations and employment law.

His academic credentials include an honours degree in law and arts from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and a Master of Law from Cambridge University, UK. During his time at UWA, he was also actively involved in the university’s Guild Council as chair and secretary.

Ghosh’s dedication to high-quality education and training is evident in his commitment to public service. His appointment to the Senate reflects not only his achievements but also the increasing diversity in Australian politics.

His role is expected to bring new perspectives and insights, particularly concerning the issues faced by multicultural communities in Australia. Ghosh’s preselection for the Senate seat has been endorsed by Western Australia’s parliament, paving the way for him to officially take on the federal role.

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