Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk
Margret Quirk
Assumed office
10 February 2001
Preceded by Edward Cunningham
Constituency Girrawheen
Personal details
Born 26 June 1957 (1957-06-26) (age 54)
Adelaide, South Australia South Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Barrister Solicitor

Margaret Mary Quirk is a current Australian Labor Party MP serving the role of Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business; Minister Assisting the Minister for Federal-State Relations in the state of Western Australia. She is the current Member for Girrawheen.

She went to school in Western Australia, and completed her studies at the University of Adelaide (1981) and Murdoch University (2002).

She was elected as the member for Girrawheen in 2001 and served as Government Whip and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Justice. During her second term in office she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.

As Corrective Services Minister, Quirk received wide criticism in 2007 for her initial refusal to grant convicted heroin trafficker Holly Deane-Johns the opportunity to a prisoner exchange arrangement with Thailand.[1] The decision was later rescinded, and Deane-Johns arrived back in Australia on 7 December 2007.[2]



Born to parents Professor James Quirk and Helen Quirk with older brother Christopher Quirk. She currently has three nephews (Charles, Thomas and John) and two nieces (Eleanor and Anna).

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