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. He was married to Western Australian state MP Jackie Watkins from 1985.
|Senator for Western Australia|
1 December 1984 – 30 June 2002
James Philip McKiernan
11 October 1944
|Died||10 August 2018 (aged 73)|
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
McKiernan died at his home in Perth on 10 August 2018.
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