Mehmet Tillem (10 September 1974 – 9 November 2019) was an Australian politician who served as Senator for Victoria. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate from 21 August 2013 to 30 June 2014. He filled a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator David Feeney, but was defeated at the 2013 federal election, and left parliament at the conclusion of his term.[1][2] He was the first Turkish-born member of the Australian parliament.[3]

Mehmet Tillem
Senator for Victoria
In office
21 August 2013 – 30 June 2014
Preceded byDavid Feeney
Personal details
Born(1974-09-10)10 September 1974
Tavas, Turkey
Died9 November 2019(2019-11-09) (aged 45)
Melbourne, Australia
CitizenshipAustralian
NationalityTurkish
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Ferda Tillem
Children1
OccupationResearch manager, ministerial advisor

Tillem died on 9 November 2019 from cardiac arrest.[4][5] He was 45.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Senator Mehmet Tillem, Parliament of Australia
  2. ^ Green, Antony: The Changing Party Composition of the Senate, Antony Green's Election Blog, 3 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Vic parly to fill vacant Senate post". ninemsn. 21 August 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Former Victorian senator Mehmet Tillem dies after long illness". The Age. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Avustralya'da Türk senatör Mehmet Tillem vefat etti". Timeturk. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019. (in Turkish)