Jonty Bush

Jonty Bush has been the Member for Cooper since 2020.

Jonty has a 20-year career history in making sure people can navigate government and social services, ensuring they have a voice and can participate in the decisions made for them and about them. 

Jonty was recognised nationally as the Young Australian of the Year in 2009 when she developed Queensland’s One Punch Can Kill campaign.

Her specialisation is criminology – following the homicides of her sister and father she refocused her career towards community safety and victims’ rights. In 2000, Jonty joined the Queensland Homicide Victims’ Support Group as a volunteer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007.  

Jonty has a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. She has worked on Ministerial taskforces, was appointed to Queensland’s inaugural Sentencing Advisory Council and has continued to work and support government and community organisations with anti-violence and crime prevention strategies.

In 2010, Jonty accepted a role in the public service with the Department of Justice and Attorney General. She remained with the department until her election to the seat of Cooper in 2020, enjoying a variety of roles including the Director of the Office of the Public Guardian and Director of the Strategic Support Office.

While striving to ensure that Cooper has a strong voice in Parliament, Jonty is also a member of two Parliamentary Committees: the Crime and Corruption Committee and the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee; and is a Temporary Speaker of the House.

Along with her partner Matt, Jonty continues to raise her daughter and three stepdaughters. She is a lover of the great outdoors and is regularly trekking through Brisbane’s hiking trails in addition to taking on the big walks including Kokoda and Mount Kilimanjaro. She is a humanitarian and a vegan, dedicated to making the world a better place.