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Tien Dung Kieu (Vietnamese: Kiều Tiến Dũng; born 25 October 1960)[1] is an Australian physicist and politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council since 2018, representing South Eastern Metropolitan Region.[2]

Tien Kieu

Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for South Eastern Metropolitan Region
Assumed office
24 November 2018
Personal details
Kiều Tiến Dũng

(1960-10-25) 25 October 1960 (age 59)
Saigon, Vietnam
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Kieu was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1961. In 1979, he and his wife Liem left Vietnam as refugees on a boat to Malaysia, where they lived in a refugee camp until they were approached by Australian officials and offered passage and resettlement in Brisbane. Kieu worked as a labourer before enrolling at the University of Queensland, beginning an academic career in econophysics which took him to the University of Edinburgh and Oxford University, and then to the United States as a Fulbright scholar at Columbia, Princeton and MIT, before returning to Australia to work at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.[3]


  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia. ConnectWeb. 2019.
  2. ^ "South Eastern Metropolitan". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Wallace, Rick (4 June 2014). "Leaky boat delivers a right to asylum". The Australian. Retrieved 13 December 2018.