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Douglas Niven Cameron (born 27 January 1951) is a Scottish-born Australian politician and trade unionist. He has been a Labor member of the Australian Senate since July 2008, representing the state of New South Wales.

Doug Cameron
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Senator for New South Wales
Assumed office
1 July 2008
Personal details
Douglas Niven Cameron

(1951-01-27) 27 January 1951 (ageĀ 68)
Bellshill, Scotland, United Kingdom
Political partyAustralian Labor Party


Cameron was born in Bellshill, Scotland, just outside of Glasgow.[1] His mother's parents were born in Lithuania.[2] He left school at 15 to take up an apprenticeship as a fitter at a local chain-making factory.[3] Shortly after completing his apprenticeship the factory closed, and Cameron emigrated to Australia in 1973, at the age of 22.[4] He initially worked at the Garden Island Dockyard in Sydney, before moving to the Liddell Power Station in Muswellbrook in 1975, where he worked as a maintenance fitter.[4] After seven years working at the power station Cameron was elected as the Hunter Valley/New England regional organiser for the Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union (AMWSU).[3] In 1986 he became the Assistant State Secretary of the union (by then known as the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union) in NSW, and later the Assistant National Secretary.[3] Cameron served as National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union from 1996 to 2008.

He was first elected to the Senate at the 2007 federal election. He won Labor preselection by mounting a successful challenge to then incumbent Senator George Campbell.

During the period of leadership tensions between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, Cameron was a vocal Rudd supporter. In the Second Rudd Ministry, which held office from June to September 2013, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness.

He currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships since 23 July 2016 under the leadership of Bill Shorten. Before that he was Shadow Minister for Human Services from 18 October 2013 to 23 July 2016 also under Shorten.

Cameron announced on 24 July 2016 that he would retire at the end of his current term, and not contest the 2019 election.[5]


  1. ^ About Doug
  2. ^ "Citizenship Register". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Cameron, Doug (1 September 2008). First Speech (Speech). Australian Senate. Canberra: Open Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cameron, Doug (19 May 2017). "Doug Cameron". Saturday Extra (Interview). Interviewed by Geraldine Doogue. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Doug Cameron serving last term". SBS News. 24 July 2016. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016.

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