Jim McKiernan

James Philip McKiernan (11 October 1944 – 10 August 2018) was an Irish-born Australian politician. Born in Cavan, Ireland, he was a fitter and turner before entering politics. In Australia he was a union education officer for the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union. In 1984, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor Senator for Western Australia. A one-time convenor of the Left faction, McKiernan was the Labor Caucus' returning officer for the Hawke versus Keating leadership ballot. He remained in the Senate until his retirement in 2002.[1] He was married to Western Australian state MP Jackie Watkins from 1985.[2]

Jim McKiernan
Senator for Western Australia
In office
1 December 1984 – 30 June 2002
Personal details
James Philip McKiernan

(1944-10-11)11 October 1944
Cavan, Ireland
Died10 August 2018(2018-08-10) (aged 73)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
NationalityIrish Australian
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
(m. 1985)
OccupationFitter, turner

McKiernan died at his home in Perth on 10 August 2018.[3]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Jacqueline Patricia Watkins". Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Irish-born former WA senator dies, aged 73". Irish Echo Australia. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.